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Friday, February 15, 2019

(I know this is an old item, but I just got my 'vote-by-mail' ballot for a special local election and noticed that it included a postage-paid return envelope, which I had never seen before, so I checked the internet for more info and found this item)

California voters will save themselves a few stamps after Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a measure requiring elections officials to provide prepaid mail ballots in future elections.

The law takes effect in 2019, so you must still pay for your own postage if you vote by mail this November. A handful of counties already include prepaid return envelopes with their mail ballots.

Voting by mail has become an increasingly common practice in California over the past decades, and in the June primary, five counties, including Sacramento, made the switch to a new system where all voters are mailed a ballot. More than two-thirds of California voters in June voted by mail.

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I wounder how many other states are providing postage-paid return envelopes for vote-by-mail and absentee ballots?

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What brought this to a head was the 2016 election. There were so many ballot issues that the extra pages resulted in the return envelope being over the one ounce limit and while there was a warning that extra postage might be required, a significant number of people didn't add the extra stamp and while the post-office did finally deliver all of the ballots, whether there was enough postage or not, it did cause a bit of a dust-up between the Postal Service and the state as to who was going to make-up for the lost postage.

This past November, it wasn't an issue as the return envelope was just under the one ounce limit. That being said, I think this was an appropriate step to take.

OCU

#1 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-02-15 01:23 PM | Reply

Funny, as I've thought it was already very easy to vote in CA, whether you'r a citizen, or not.

#2 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-02-16 08:19 PM | Reply

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