One Big Thing: Is the U.S. Postal Service ready for mail in ballots in the November Election?
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What is it?
- In a recent report, the U.S. Postal Service disclosed issues regarding mail-in ballots during several states’ primary elections. Voters in Wisconsin, Ohio, Maryland and Texas received their ballots after election day or not at all.
- The follow up investigation found that the issue was down to the lack of communication between election officials and Postal Service. Since, the two groups have been working together to ensure that mail-in ballots for the November election go smoothly.
Why is it important?
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many states are planning on using mail-in ballots to safely facilitate the November election. Distributing and collecting the sheer number of ballots will be a challenge for the Postal Service and election officials all over the country.
- The Postal Service has also recently faced significant financial troubles which have been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers are currently looking for ways to increase USPS’s funding to ensure it has the proper resources for November’s election.
- While 7 out of 10 adults favor mail-in voting for the November election, very few have done it before, prompting concerns over confusion on the voters’ side as well.
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