June 28, 2017
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Bernstein With a Twist
This is a weekly program with commentary on current issues.
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Neither rain, nor sleet, nor insufficient postage shall keep mailed ballots from their appointment with the RivCo Registrar o’ Voters.

So says Registrar Barbara Dunmore, whom I called following a spate of inquiries from readers who noted that this season’s absentee ballot grossly outweighs 42 cents, the first-class postal rate du jour.

In fact, most voters will have to dole out at least 59 cents, or simply slap on two first-classers, if they decide to go postal.

The registrar isn’t trying to hide this. It’s right there in the “rules”. But it’s a cinch that some of the 300,000 RivCo voters expected to ballot by mail will read right over them.

So then what happens? Does your under-stamped packet languish in the dead-ballot office?

Dunmore: “We get ballots with no stamps on them. We over the postage. We have an account with the U.S. Postal service. (The balance is $15K, down from $25K in 2006.) Any ballot that comes in short of postage is debited to that account.” And the mail goes through.
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