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Date of Show:Wed 18th January
Oregon election officials fear that cuts by the U.S. Postal Service could cause delays for the state’s mail voting in November’s election. Steve Best has details…
The Postal Service is moving towards closing sorting facilities in Salem, Eugene, Bend and Pendleton, while consolidating much of its work in its Portland and Medford facilities. This is part of its efforts to reduce huge losses.
Oregon Elections Director Stephen Trout says that while the May 15th Oregon Primary will be unaffected since the closures are not due until after that date, ballot delivery and returns in November would probably be impacted, with delays very likely.
Elections officials are considering recommending to voters that they mail their ballot returns a day earlier than usual if all the closures go ahead.