You may have recently received a USPS postcard that looks like this:
Postmaster General Louis Dejoy sent this out nationwide without considering the confusion it may cause in states like Washington that have different voting processes. Some of the information in this postcard is incorrect for our state, and we’re here to break it down for you!
The misleading statement in this mailer:
“Request your mail-in ballot (often called ‘absentee’ ballot) at least 15 days before Election Day”
FALSE – In Washington, all registered voters will automatically receive their ballots by mail at least 18 days prior to Election Day.
As for the other statements:
“Start today. Give yourself and your elections officials ample time to complete the process.”
TRUE – The deadline for new voters to register online is October 26 (VoteWA.gov). If you mail in your registration, it must be received by October 26. If you miss this deadline, you can still register in person before 8pm on Election Day.
“Rules and duties vary by state, so contact your elections board to confirm.”
TRUE – All the voting rules and info you can dream about can be found through https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/
“Once received, follow the instructions. Add postage to the returned envelope is necessary.”
PARTLY TRUE – Washington ballots do not require return postage. The easiest way to ensure your ballot is sent on time is to drop it in your nearest dropbox.
“We recommend you mail your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day.”
TRUE – We are highly encouraging everyone to vote early this year. Officially, ballots must be postmarked or dropped in a dropbox by 8pm on November 3, but the best way to make sure your vote is counted is to vote by Vote Early Day on October 24.
Thank you for being a voter! We hope this knowledge will help keep you and your circles equipped against any other misinformation that is passed around during this election season.