Post Office Closures

March 2, 2012 by staff 

Post Office Closures, Elections officials in several states are concerned that the closing of mail-processing centers and post offices could disrupt vote-by-mail balloting this year, a potential problem that has led some members of Congress to call for a delay until after the November elections.

The U.S. Postal Service recently announced that it is moving ahead with plans to close at least 223 processing centers and thousands of post offices, on top of the 153 centers and 965 post offices that have closed since 2008.

Voting officials are raising a variety of concerns, depending on the circumstances in their states.

In California and Arizona, officials say the closing of processing centers could delay the delivery of mail-in ballots.

The state registrar in Ohio wrote the postmaster general with concerns about ensuring the security of ballots sent to processing centers that will be across state lines.

In Oregon, the first state to require vote-by-mail, the state registrar says voters in rural areas where post offices are scheduled to be closed may have nowhere nearby to drop off their ballots.

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