| Closure of mail processing centers means mail could take days longer in some locations
by Brian Leubitz
In case you haven't watched the dramatic saga that is the US Postal Service, well you should check in on that. There is the sensational story of the members of Congress that are super excited that their union employees will be laid off, and are fighting the pension overpayment issue. But, for electoral purposes, this message from SoS Debra Bowen is important:
Unfortunately, a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) plan to shut down 223 big mail processing hubs across the country and 14 here in California - including the one located in Redding - threatens to disenfranchise millions of Californians who vote by mail. ... By law, late ballots can't be counted; postmarks aren't enough.
The USPS asserts the closures won't affect your ballot, but its future best hopes do not coincide with the current reality voters and elections officials have already witnessed in California. When mail facilities closed last year in Monterey, Ventura, and Yuba counties, officials conducting small local elections there reported mail that used to take one to three days to deliver was instead taking five to seven days. (Redding.com)
Many voters use the last weekend to vote their ballots. If the closures go ahead, there is a strong chance that these voters will be disenfranchised. No matter which side of the political spectrum on which you reside, this is seriously troubling. The post office, Congress, and the State need to find a way to ensure that voters aren't losing their votes because the post office is having some money issues.