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Absentee ballot suggestion: Bd of Elections should confirm they received ballot so we're sure every vote cast is actually counted....numerous problems outlined in full text re: postal service
MOUNT VERNON LEGISLATOR COMPLAINED ON FACEBOOK- MAIL NOT DELIVERED FOR 25 DAYS (SEE BELOW)
CO CHAIR OF NEW YORK STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS HAS CONCERNS ABOUT POSTAL SERVICE (SEE HIS E MAIL BELOW)
SOME OF MY CONSTITUENTS DON’T GET MAIL, CHECKS, BILLS DON’T ARRIVE OR GET DELIVERED TO WRONG ADDRESSEE
TODAY’S NY TIMES: "In Green County, outside Dayton, 12.1% of ballots arrived too late to be counted."
SUGGESTION--BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHOULD SEND EVERYONE WHO VOTES ABSENTEE A CONFIRMATION THAT THEY RECEIVED THE BALLOT
I continue to receive frequent complaints about the US Postal Service from residents who complain about late mail delivery, mail being delivered to wrong addresses, checks, bills not arriving, not receiving prescription drugs.
I bring this up because on June 23rd there will be an important primary contest for President, members of Congress, State Assembly and District Attorney in Westchester. The Governor has directed that residents have the ability to cast their ballots by absentee ballot -even if they are home (because of COVID-19). Although I think the Governor’s initiatives to make it easier to vote is an excellent idea I am worried. The US Postal Service is a mess- not reliable. The President of the United States has not provided the Postal Service with the resources they need to do their job of providing reliable service.
I have suggested that the Board of Elections consider sending everyone who sends in an absentee ballot a confirmation e mail so they know that their vote is being counted. If they send in the ballots and the Board of Elections doesn’t confirm that it’s been received the voter would have the option to ask for another absentee ballot (if there is time) or vote in person--ensuring that their vote is counted. In the NY Times (May 27,2020) there is a report which indicated that in Green County, oustside Dayton, 12.1% of ballots arrived too late to be counted." In large counties 1.7% of mail ballots were not received in time to meet the deadline. Every vote cast in a democracy needs to be counted.
Please take a look at the following: A facebook page posting from County Legislator Lyndon Williams who expresses concern about late mail delivery in Mount Vernon. One resident complained that it took 25 days for mail to arrive. Also please see an e mail from the Co-Chair of the NYS Board of Elections Douglas Kellner expressing concern about mail delivery. And a third e mail from a constituent highlighting problems with the Postal Service.
This e mail is not being written to object to mail ballots. I think it’s a good thing. My only concern: Will votes be counted?PAUL FEINER
I’m concerned about the delay of mail delivery from the U.S. Postal Service and its impact on the deadlines for voters mailing absentee ballots. For example, a constituent informed me yesterday that it took 25 days for a postcard to be delivered from an address in zip code 10552 to another address in the same 10552 zip code. This year voting on MV School Board, School Budget, and Public Library budget and trustees can only be done by absentee ballots.
E MAIL I RECEIVED FROM THE CO-CHAIR OF THE NEW YORK STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS
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