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Secretary of State reacts to USPO scaling back
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Secretary of State reacts to USPO scaling back

 

By now everyone has heard the news about the Post Office suspending delivering on Saturdays.

Many are disappointed, some nostalgic, others completely indifferent. But, as the post office continues to scale back, it raises interesting questions about how entities like the Washington Secretary of State will adjust in how it will administer its services.

Kim Wyman's office released the following statement for those concerned about voter disenfranchisement:

 

“As a vote-by-mail state, we are disappointed that the Postmaster General has announced plans to halt Saturday home mail service, but we are making plans to deal with this, and will work to ensure that our voters are not disenfranchised.

“First, many Washington voters already are using secure drop boxes that are placed by county election officials in convenient locations. This method is increasingly popular. Many counties say that more than half of their ballots are returned by way of drop boxes, and I support expansion of this approach. With this option, of course, voters can cast their ballots as late as 8 p.m. Election Day without fear of missing the postmark deadline.

“Secondly, we will be urging voters who wish to use the Postal Service to get their ballots mailed by Friday before Election Day. It takes a little shift in mindset, but with no home mail pickup on Saturdays, it will be a good idea to use Friday as the new target date. Postmaster General Patrick Donohoe also notes that customers will be able to drop off mail and buy stamps at local post offices on Saturdays, although staff service hours will be reduced at some locations.

“The Postal Service has been working with my office as they deal with their severe budget problems, and we appreciate that they have continued to make election-related mail a very high priority. We understand that the Post Office is dealing with a sea of red ink and that polls show the public supports halting Saturday service as a way to save $2 billion a year

If the Postmaster General's plan is to go through, the first Saturday delivery will not be an option will be Aug. 3, the "final weekend before Washington's Aug. 6 off-year primary."

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