With six days remaining in the race – once upon a time plenty of time to get an envelope across town or even across a state – elections officials in some states are advising voters not to rely on the US postal service to get their mail-in ballots in on time.
Hand-deliver your ballots, voters are told. Democratic groups – and public figures like former attorney general Eric Holder – have been advising supporters to do the same.
Eric Holder (@EricHolder)
It’s too late to use the mails. Given Supreme Court rulings I urge everyone to now vote in person; early vote or use drop boxes. Protect your health but don’t let the Court and the deliberately crippled Postal Service deprive you of your most precious civil right. Plan your vote.
Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur)
NEWS: Sec. of State @JocelynBenson advises Michigan voters NOT to rely on USPS at this stage. "Citizens who already have an absentee ballot should sign the back of the envelope and hand-deliver it to their city or township clerk’s office or ballot drop box as soon as possible." pic.twitter.com/tQ2RueXsmW
Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett)
US Postal Service on-time delivery times for First-Class Mail have dropped again — now nearly as bad as the worst period this summer. If you are voting absentee and haven’t returned your ballot, experts say drop it off in person. Do not rely on #USPS delivery at this point.