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Nevada warns of incorrect voter info in USPS postcards

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With eight out of 10 voters voting by mail in Florida's August primary, state Supervisors of Elections say more postal funding is needed.(AP)
Published: Sep. 12, 2020 at 2:15 PM PDT|Updated: Sep. 12, 2020 at 2:48 PM PDT
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - A U.S. Postal Service postcard sent to its customers gives bad advice for Nevada voters, Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske said Saturday in a statement.

The U.S. Postal Service said in response that the postcard was meant as general guidance and not for each state individually. The main focus was for voters to plan ahead.

The postcard said voters should request a mail-in or absentee ballot at least 15 days before election day and should add postage to the return envelope if needed.

“These recommendations are not accurate for Nevada voters,” the statement said.

All registered Nevada voters will automatically receive a mail-in ballot for the 2020 general election, Cegavske said.

“Voters who wish to vote by mail do not need to request a mail-in or absentee ballot this year,” the statement said. “Additionally, all ballot return envelopes are postage prepaid, meaning voters do not need to add any postage to their ballot return envelope in order to vote by mail.”

The Secretary of State’s Office was not made aware of the postcard before it was sent out and it was not consulted for input.

To get voting information, the statement said to go to https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections or call 775-684-5705 or email nvelect@sos.nv.gov.

“The mail-piece – which has already been delivered to most households and will reach every American residential mailing and P.O. Box addresses in the coming week – contains a single set of simple recommendations for voters throughout the nation, regardless of where they live and where they vote,” USPS Public Information Officer Rod Spurgeon said in a statement. “At the same time, we are aware that each state has its own specific rules, deadlines and requirements, and the mail-piece acknowledges that fact.”

“The main message of the mail-piece is that voters should plan ahead, educate themselves about voting options available in their jurisdiction, and, if they choose to vote by mail, to give themselves enough time to receive, complete and return their ballot,” Spurgeon continued.

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