Updated: June 05, 2020 07:37 PM
Created: June 05, 2020 05:28 PM
Local school districts are reporting delays in getting absentee ballots to residents.
Different districts are saying different things, but it's not a problem unique to just one district. Many districts are now calling on the Governor to extend the deadline again.
In Ballston Spa, the superintendent said the ballots were held up at the postal service's distribution center in Albany.
The Shenendehowa District said it was a delay with the printing company.
In Queensbury, a warning to voters that some return address envelopes actually have the North Colonie district address on them, and error from their printing company.
Even if voters receive their ballot Friday or Saturday, the turnaround time for Tuesday is questionable.
For now, many districts are putting drop boxes at locations throughout their communities where voters can drop the ballots off rather than mailing them in.
Sen. Jim Tedisco is calling for an extension to the voting deadline. He said the issues being seen in the Capital Region is just a snap shot of mail-in ballot issues in all elections.
During his daily briefing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he is aware of the issues and will make a decision about a possible extension by Sunday.
NewsChannel 13 received this statement from USPS:
"USPS has been communicating frequently with local districts throughout the past several weeks, including hosting an online meeting of more than 600 school officials to walk through the needed items for mailing; and use of the USPS Mailing and Shipping Solutions Center to assist with permits to facilitate prepaid postage and ballot design.
In the case of Ballston Spa school district ballots, the ballots were deposited for first-class mail processing in the Albany Processing and Distribution Center on the evening of June 3. Local postal officials confirm that this mailing of 22,271 ballots is being delivered today to Ballston Spa residents, consistent with delivery standards for first class mail.
As we anticipate that many voters may choose to use the mail to participate in the upcoming elections due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are conducting and will continue to proactively conduct outreach with state and local election officials and Secretaries of State so that they can make informed decisions and educate the public about what they can expect when using the mail to vote.
To further emphasize those efforts, we recently distributed a letter to those local and state election officials and state party officials that highlights key aspects of Election Mail delivery processes — and ways to help educate the public on what to expect when using the mail to vote (please see link below).
The Postal Service has continued and will continue to serve its customers during the COVID-19 pandemic through the delivery of not only Election Mail, but also medicine, essential consumer staples, benefits checks, and important information. For information about how the Postal Service is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/covid-19/.
The U.S. Mail remains a secure, efficient and effective means for citizens and campaigns to participate in the electoral process, and the Postal Service is proud of our role as an important component of the nation’s democratic process."
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