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response from Postal Service -Washington) re: absentee ballots--what they are doing to make sure that ballots arriveinteresting article: thousands of ballots that do arrive aren't counted because of lack of postmarks or technicalities
ETTER FROM US POSTAL SERVICE IN WASHINGTON -WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO MAKE SURE ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE NOT LOST IN MAIL
CONCERN TOO MANY ABSENTEE BALLOTS IN NYS ARE NOT EVEN COUNTED AFTER THEY ARRIVE (19% IN ONE COMMUNITY)
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It was great talking with you the other day. You had asked in our conversation if I could send you some of the tasks we are undertaking to help educate and inform jurisdictions ahead of the elections. First, I would like to state that we are in no way advocating for voting by mail. We are only educating and informing officials if they choose to utilize the mail in conducting elections.
- We are conducting a comprehensive outreach to State and Local Boards of Election to inform them about postal delivery standards, mail piece design, tracking technologies, postage payment methods, and local logistics.
- We are reaching out to mailers, presorters, printers to discuss similar topics as well, so they are informed about what we are telling their customers
- We have distributed Election Mail guides to 11,500 elections officials across the country
- We have distributed a guidance letter and an Election Mail Users’ Guide to 11,600 election and party officials
- We will be updating Election Mail information on the usps.com website
- We are training and communicating with all 630,000 employees of USPS on proper handling of Election Mail, including ballots
As we move forward, we will continue to touch base with elections officials.
Thank you again for reaching out!
Justin Glass, director
2020 Election Mail, United States Postal Service