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United States Postal Service (USPS) and Ballots Mailed Back to Election Officials

To: County Clerks, Elections Administrators and City, School and Other Political Subdivisions
From: Keith Ingram, Director of Elections
Date: February 19, 2013
RE: United States Postal Service (USPS) and Ballots Mailed Back to Election Officials

The U.S. Postal Service has seen an increase in the number of ballots mailed back to Election Officials with insufficient postage. The Postal Service would like to rectify this and has suggested either on the ballot, return envelope, or ballot instructions the amount of postage required for the return ballot.

The USPS would like to host webinars and conference calls to discuss ideas on the required postage amount. The first conference call/webinar will take place February 21 and is titled, Mediation Plan Regarding Insufficient Postage on Official Election Mail. If you are interested in participating please see the contact information in the attached letter.

The Postal Service has published a Proposed Rule in the Federal Register for comments for 30 days effective May 2, 2013 and comments must be received on or before June 3, 2013. For comments go to http://federalregister.gov/a/2013-10347.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Elections Division toll-free at 1-800-252-2216, option 4.

Attachment: Election Official Insufficient Postage Letter 2013 (PDF)