WASHINGTON DC – In a press release in late July, the United States Postal Service (USPS) launched a new election mail website as an additional source for state and county election officials, with some states opting to expand the mail-in voting options, while other states restrict them. However, here in Wyoming and Goshen County, it’s voter preference and more closely tighter restrictions on mail-in voting options.
In a press release, USPS Media Specialist Martha Johnson wrote, “The Postal Service recognizes that many states are choosing to expand mail-in voting options in the upcoming election and that there will be likely a significant increase in demand from postal customers to participate in these elections using mail.
“In response, the Postal Service updated its website to serve both voting customers looking for information on how to use the mail to vote and election officials looking for resources to help make their administration of the upcoming election a success,” Johnson added.
For national voters, the USPS website provides direct links to federal election resources as well as links to state-specific resources. However, for foreign and military voters, the new site provides additional information — such as resources to support voter turnout for foreign and military voters.
Goshen County election officials said it is a valued resource for the USPS to help educate voters while providing voters with information on where and how to vote in the upcoming election. However, local election officials said it was already too late to vote by mail in the Aug. 16 primary election if those people had not already received their ballots. Additionally, voters seeking to switch parties to vote for the incumbent Congressman will need to do so in person and vote early in person.
The latest data from the Goshen County Clerk’s Office indicates that about 200 county residents changed their party from Democrat to Republican, likely to vote for incumbent Liz Cheney against challenger Harriet Hageman. However, the county clerk could not release any vote-specific data or results data at this time. The Telegram will have full coverage of the primary election results in the Wednesday, August 17 edition.
What the new USPS Election Mail website offers is more educational advice for voters choosing to vote by mail in the November election and/or future elections, as well as information on current information. on postal ballots.
“The site also highlights what the Postal Service considers to be the most critical information for voters choosing to vote through U.S. Mail: that when requesting or dropping off an absentee ballot, they must no only comply with the requirements of their local jurisdictions, but should also start the process early,” Johnson wrote.
“To allow sufficient time for voters to receive, complete and return ballots by mail, the Postal Service strongly recommends that voters request ballots as soon as possible, but no later than 15 days before the election date. “, added Johnson. This date has already passed for the primary elections, but this date for the November elections would be no later than October 28, 2022.
While Goshen County election officials are encouraging county residents to vote the way they want, whether in person at a machine; in person on paper ballots; early in person; early postal voting; or on Election Day in person or voting by ballot, it is always recommended that residents understand the wide variety of options available in the county to vote.
Goshen County residents can visit www.goshencounty.org/elections-page for more information; residents can also view a sample ballot with current candidate information on its website.
For more information about the new USPS Election Mail website, election resources, and links, visit www.usps.com/votinginfo.