The Postal Service mailed out incorrect information about voting by mail in Utah

The Postal Service mailed out incorrect information about voting by mail in Utah
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Even Americans who are old enough to have voted in ten or more presidential elections are likely to remember the 2020 election as the most chaotic they have experienced. In a year rocked by the coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest, double-digit unemployment and President Donald Trump’s disdain for mail-in voting, voters need to be aware of the voting rules in their states — and in Utah, the Salt Lake Tribune’s Lee Davidson is reporting, the U.S. Postal Service mailed some incorrect information about voting rules in that state.

Davidson reports that the Postal Service mailed out a postcard urging Utah voters to “request your mail-in ballot…. at least 15 days before Election Day.” But Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, in an official statement, said that in Utah, registered voters don’t need to do that.

Cox explained, “All active registered voters in Utah automatically receive their ballots in the mail. Individuals do not need to request a mail-in ballot separately if they have previously registered to vote.”

Davidson notes that in Utah, there are four different ways to cast a ballot in elections: (1) mailing in a completed ballot, (2) depositing a completed ballot at a drop box offered by a county clerk, (3) voting in person before Election Day at an early-voting location, or (4) voting in person on Election Day, November 3, at a polling place or drive-up voting center.

In many states, mail-in ballots and absentee ballots have to be requested — they aren’t sent out automatically. But in Utah, they are sent out automatically to those who have previously registered to vote.

Davidson reports, “Utah election officials are strongly encouraging methods other than voting on Election Day itself to reduce crowds then. They have urged using that option only to solve such late problems as losing a ballot.”

Utah underscores the fact that historically, mail-in voting has been encouraged by Republicans. It wasn’t until Trump and the 2020 election that Republicans started claiming that mail-in voting was a bad thing.

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