Postal service sends wrong information about mail voting to Utah

SALT LAKE CITY – State officials in Utah say the U.S. Postal Service sent inaccurate information to Utah voters about the upcoming election, reducing public confidence in the service’s ability to handle ballots this year.

Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox’s office said the Postal Service sent a postcard to homes across the state last week urging voters “to request their mail-in ballots … at least from election day 15 days ago, ”said Salt Lake. .

“All active registered voters in Utah receive their ballots in the mail. Individuals do not need to request separate mail-in ballots if they are registered to vote first, ”Cox argued, noting that the postcard information did not apply in Utah.

Residents have several options to cast their vote for Nove. In 3 general elections via mail, by submitting their ballots at a special drop box, at an individual’s early polling place, or at an individual or drive-up polling station. election Day.

State officials have encouraged methods other than voting on Election Day to reduce congestion and limit the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

The Postal Service has urged voters to return sub-postal ballots a week before Election Day to ensure they arrive on time but in other states this is more important. Officials note that ballots must be received in Utah shortly before the official canvas two weeks after the election.

County clerks require all active registered voters to have ballots for the week of October. 13. Voters will be required to receive a mail ballot by 5 pm on October 23 and automatically to register to vote.

“We encourage voters to check their registration status, register to vote, or vote to update their address,” Cox’s office said in a statement.