Texas Congressman introduces bill to make absentee voting free for voters

Washington, D.C.  – Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, co-chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, introduced H.R. 6494, the Postage Free Ballot Act, that will make mail-in absentee ballots free of charge for voters nationwide. Three years after the Supreme Court tasked Congress to update the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Rep. Veasey remains committed to making […]

Video: Ohio Secretary of State blames USPS for absentee ballot problem

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (13abc Action News) – Hundreds of voters in northwest Ohio say they have not received their absentee ballots in the mail.  The problem starts seems to start at the mail sorting center in Pontiac, Michigan. The ballots were sent from Lucas, Wood and five other counties October 12. But twenty days later, many […]

In Colorado, Trump suggests mail ballots will be thrown out

Is Trump stealing a page out of the Bush/Cheney 2004 election campaign? Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Saturday he doesn’t care for Colorado’s mail elections and suggested ballots that elections workers don’t like might be thrown out. Trump held a rally at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Saturday. Here’s the quote: “I have real […]

Over 1,500 absentee ballot requests found in Illinois post office box

ROCK ISLAND — Authorities want to know why more than 1,500 absentee ballot applications in Rock Island County were not collected and returned to the county clerk’s office. Rock Island County State’s Attorney John McGehee on Friday afternoon confirmed the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Postal Inspector Service […]

Video: Hundreds of absentee ballots in Ohio counties missing from the mail

TOLEDO (13abc Action News) – Hundreds of absentee ballots are missing from several counties in Northwest Ohio. Now an investigation is underway to figure out what happened. Those ballots were requested by voters and sent out by county boards of elections in early October. They made it to a sorting center in Pontiac, Michigan but […]

USPS officials a no-show for hearing on ballots-postmark problem in Ohio

As more and more states rely on vote-by-mail ballots, more and more cities are forced to confront the issue of the reliability of the Postal Service – especially when ballots show up late with no way of verifying that they were mailed on time. Ohio is the latest state to confront this problem, according to […]

Senators Grassley and Harkin Call on USPS to Ensure All Absentee Ballots are Counted

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) today called on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to make all possible effort to ensure that Iowa absentee ballots are counted. Specifically, the senators issued a letter to the district managers of the Hawkeye District USPS and the Central Plains District USPS urging […]

Missing postmark could void ballots that arrive late

Lawmakers and state elections officials are warning that a state law mandating postmarks on absentee ballots has caused the disqualification of dozens of potentially valid votes in recent elections, and could disqualify many more in high-profile statewide contests later this year. After months of debate, legislators have failed to find a solution to the problem […]