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Shasta County Office of Elections says its not too worried about vote-by-mail impacts

With the general elections is just four months away, questions surround the future of the post office and mail-in ballots.

Posted: Aug 17, 2020 7:13 PM
Updated: Oct 19, 2020 6:04 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - With the general elections is just four months away, questions surround the future of the post office and mail-in ballots.

The United States Postal Service says since the pandemic it has seen an increase in package deliveries.

The Post Office says workers are trying to keep up with the increased volume. It is working with both election and public officials across the country to make sure that vote-by-mail ballots arrive safely and untampered with.

The Shasta County Office of Elections says it meets with the local post office before every election. But because of the pandemic, the post office is taking on added importance when it comes to getting their vote in.

“We live in such a rural area, where the post office is our only lifeline,” said Jamie Lively.

“I know a lot of people who will be unable to make it to a polling place on the day and kind of rely on that.”

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said there will likely be an unprecedented increase in election mail volume due to the pandemic, but the postal service has ample capacity to deliver all election mail securely and on-time in accordance with our delivery standards.

The Shasta County Office of Elections says it's not too concerned about vote-by-mail being impacted here in the area. There is more than one way for voters to send back their ballots. People can drop them off at a ballot box or at the office itself. The Office of Election says, in Shasta County more than 80,000 people vote from home.

“More people have voted from home in Shasta County than in a polling place in every election since 2005,” said Cathy Darling-Allen, Shasta County’s clerk and registrar of voters.

“We know how to vote by mail and our voters know how to vote by mail. We here locally know how to handle ballots not cast at a polling place.”

Back in May, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that would send every registered voter here in California a mail-in ballot.

- With the general elections is just four months away, questions surround the future of the post office and mail-in ballots.

The United States Postal Service says since the pandemic it has seen an increase in package deliveries.

The Post Office says workers are trying to keep up with the increased volume. It is working with both election and public officials across the country to make sure that vote-by-mail ballots arrive safely and untampered with.

The Shasta County Office of Elections says it meets with the local post office before every election. But because of the pandemic, the post office is taking on added importance when it comes to getting their vote in.

“We live in such a rural area, where the post office is our only lifeline,” said Jamie Lively.

“I know a lot of people who will be unable to make it to a polling place on the day and kind of rely on that.”

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said there will likely be an unprecedented increase in election mail volume due to the pandemic, but the postal service has ample capacity to deliver all election mail securely and on-time in accordance with our delivery standards.

The Shasta County Office of Elections says it's not too concerned about vote-by-mail being impacted here in the area. There is more than one way for voters to send back their ballots. People can drop them off at a ballot box or at the office itself. The Office of Election says, in Shasta County more than 80,000 people vote from home.

“More people have voted from home in Shasta County than in a polling place in every election since 2005,” said Cathy Darling-Allen, Shasta County’s clerk and registrar of voters.

“We know how to vote by mail and our voters know how to vote by mail. We here locally know how to handle ballots not cast at a polling place.”

Back in May, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that would send every registered voter here in California a mail-in ballot.

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