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Absentee ballot postage confusing voters (Some Ohio Absentee votes may not get counted)
ABC Channel 9 WCPO.com ^ | Posted: 10/16/2012 | By: John Matarese

Posted on 10/17/2012 8:20:30 AM PDT by Mechanicos

Thousands of Ohio voters are voting by absentee ballot this year so they don't have to stand in line at the polls on Election Day. Ohio Boards of Elections expect at least 25 percent of all votes to come in this way.

But the U.S. Postal Service says many absentee voters are not putting enough postage on the envelope, putting their vote at risk.

Requires More Postage This Year

Because of the size of the 2012 mailer,the Hamilton County Board of Elections in Ohio say you should put 65 cents worth of postage on most absentee ballots, about 20 cents more than the standard Forever Stamp.

Making it more confusing: each county has a different absentee ballot. In a few counties, including Warren County, the required postage can be even higher. In Clermont County, which has a thinner ballot, a single stamp may be fine.

The easiest thing is to simply put two Forever Stamps on it, just to proect yourself.

Many Voters Forgetting

The U.S. Postal Service reports that many voters are forgetting to put additional postage on their mailer.

It says it is still forwarding them in most cases to the local board of elections, as returning the envelope to the sender would take weeks.

However, there is a risk with placing just one Forever Stamp on the envelope. Legally, the postal service does not have to accept it, and there is a chance it could end up in a bin with other letters that have insufficient postage.

If that were to happen, there is always a chance your vote won't count. (Snip)

(Excerpt) Read more at wcpo.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: absenteeballots; lostvotes; postage
So the Post Office gets to choose which ballots from which areas are not sent to be counted if the sender does not put additional postage on the return envelope and the voter will have no idea their vote was never counted.
1 posted on 10/17/2012 8:20:34 AM PDT by Mechanicos
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To: Mechanicos

In Wisconsin, my municipality pays the postage. But, I walk it in to save them the cost and to make sure that it won’t be “lost” in the mail.


2 posted on 10/17/2012 8:23:58 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Mechanicos

That’s a poll tax! Just like with the voter ID acts! Having to pay postage to exercise a basic right indeed!


3 posted on 10/17/2012 8:24:24 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Mechanicos
Too stupid to use enough postage = Obama voter.

So, good.

4 posted on 10/17/2012 8:27:40 AM PDT by TonyInOhio ("But, the Obama has no clothes!")
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To: Mechanicos

Better to vote early in-person rather than an absentee ballot.


5 posted on 10/17/2012 8:33:47 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Mechanicos

absentee voters are not putting enough postage on the envelope?

Must be 0bama voters.


6 posted on 10/17/2012 8:40:34 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF- YOU GET ONE CHOICE, CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
>>> it won’t be “lost” in the mail

No guarantee it ‘won't be lost’ anyhow.

7 posted on 10/17/2012 8:42:40 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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I noticed that when I mailed in my ohio absentee ballot.

I don’t remember EVER having to use 2 stamps. The area by the stamp region said to use 65cents, but this could easily have been missed by a lot of people!!!!


8 posted on 10/17/2012 8:42:51 AM PDT by CharlotteVRWC
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To: Mechanicos

Obama “Free Phone” lady (I use the term lady loosely):

I don’t need no postage, “Free Mail IS My Human Right”


9 posted on 10/17/2012 8:45:36 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Mechanicos

Those ballots must be huge. I’m in PA. My ballot only required one stamp.

And mine had a spot for my return address. I expect my ballot would have been returned if the postage was insufficient.


10 posted on 10/17/2012 8:47:58 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Mechanicos


11 posted on 10/17/2012 8:50:39 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few, and let another take his office.")
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To: Sir Napsalot
No guarantee it ‘won't be lost’ anyhow.

That is true. I work at the polls. I used to work at my own poll where I could watch my absentee ballot come in, be opened, and be counted. Now I work at another poll location, so I cannot be sure that my ballot was received.

12 posted on 10/17/2012 9:04:07 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Mechanicos
Just called my 91 yr. mother who is in a nursing home. She said her ballot (or stuff that came with it) said it would need an extra $.20 postage.

If people can't read, they shouldn't vote.

13 posted on 10/17/2012 9:11:13 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Mechanicos

Since the Ds have an overall advantage of, as I recall, about 25,000 ballots, this is pretty good news. I don’t think Republicans have trouble mailing a letter.


14 posted on 10/17/2012 9:13:36 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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this will be a landmark legal case after election day! Will make y’all forget about hanging chads!


15 posted on 10/17/2012 9:29:00 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (campaigning for local conservatives)
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To: Mechanicos

I voted and delivered the ballot by hand to the township hall. I don’t trust the post office. They mess up deliveries too often.


16 posted on 10/17/2012 9:48:43 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Holding my nose one more time to get rid of Eric Holder)
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To: Mechanicos
More government super-incompetence on display.

For as long as I can remember, greeting card envelopes have printed that extra postage is required for their larger cards, right in the area where you affix the postage stamp.

17 posted on 10/17/2012 10:07:59 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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