U.S. Postal Service sends improper information to Utah residents about mail voting

SALT LAKE CITY — State officers in Utah say the U.S. Postal Service has despatched faulty data to Utah voters in regards to the upcoming election, lowering public confidence within the service’s means to deal with ballots this yr.

The workplace of Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox stated the Postal Service mailed a postcard to houses throughout the state final week urging voters “to request your mail-in poll … no less than 15 days earlier than Election Day,” The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

“All energetic registered voters in Utah mechanically obtain their ballots within the mail. People don’t have to request a mail-in poll individually if they’ve beforehand registered to vote,” Cox stated, arguing that the postcard’s data didn’t apply in Utah.

Residents have a number of choices to forged their vote for the Nov. three normal election together with via the mail, by depositing their poll at particular drop containers, at an in-person early voting location or at an in-person or drive-up voting middle on Election Day.

State officers have inspired strategies aside from voting on Election Day to cut back crowds and restrict the chance of spreading COVID-19.

The Postal Service has additionally urged voters to return by-mail ballots per week earlier than Election Day to assist guarantee they arrive on time however that’s extra necessary in different states. Officers notice that the ballots should be obtained in Utah solely someday earlier than the official canvass two weeks after Election Day.

County clerks are required to mail ballots to all energetic registered voters the week of Oct. 13. Voters will then have till 5 p.m. on Oct. 23 to register to vote and mechanically obtain a mail poll.

“We encourage voters to plan forward by going to vote.utah.gov to examine their registration standing, register to vote, or replace their deal with,” Cox’s workplace stated in an announcement.

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