Utah GOP lawmaker claims USPS practice of delaying postmarks cost him election

Longtime Utah lawmaker Brown sues over his 9-vote primary loss

State Rep. Mel Brown — who lost his GOP primary by nine votes — asked the Utah Supreme Court on Monday to order the state to count 70 ballots that were never opened because officials say they were mailed too late.

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Brown, R-Coalville, contends that U.S. Postal Service practices in rural counties delay postmarks by a day, which he argues unfairly disqualified many ballots. That happens because mail in many of those areas is sent to the Salt Lake Central Post Office, where it is postmarked the next day.

Legislators had discussed earlier this year problems that could come because of the Postal Service’s practice of delaying postmarks by a day in some rural areas, but they took no corrective action.

Source: Longtime Utah lawmaker Brown sues over his 9-vote primary loss | The Salt Lake Tribune

11 thoughts on “Utah GOP lawmaker claims USPS practice of delaying postmarks cost him election

  1. Maybe if the USPS was better at making deals with ups, and fedex. They might
    have some money to pay the bills. They are making a killing while the Postal people
    are having the whips to their backs. Sorry the standards have fell so far, but who listens to them when they are right.

  2. How did they vote back in Ben Franklin’s time?
    I guess they should tell everyone to send in their votes earlier.

  3. I didn’t read the article, but I will assume this poor man is a democrat since republicans would NEVER blame someone else for their problems. You know, personal responsibility and all!!!

    Besides, he is delusional if he thinks campaign mailings really have any effect on how people vote. Only way those get read is by a canary who has it lining the bottom of their cage.

    • If you would stop diddling with yourself and not wait until the last minute you would not have these problems. Blame Yourself.

  4. I feel his pain, 20 years ago IRS disallowed an $2,000 IRA contribution because the postmark was dated April 16 instead of April 15………I mailed it on the 12th in NY and when the mutual fund company sent it back the postmark was stamped the 16th at Denver, Colorado-never postmarked in NY. went to the local IRS office and tried to explain…..their answer was how do we not know you were in Denver on the 16th….showed them my PO schedule signed by my stupidvisor…..no dice…those rats are worse than the po miscrents.

    • Looks like the CHICKENS have came
      home to ROOST!..Its okay for the majority of Americans mail to be delayed..but not a sitting member or shall we say EX member of a LEGISLATURE!!!. Only when it affects THEM! While we at it..lets talk about all the CYBER HACKS that have occurred because the Govt wants to backdoor the Constitution on Privacy..

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