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Why you shouldn't use FedEx or UPS to send in your ballot

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Why you shouldn't use FedEx or UPS to send in your ballot

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FedEx and UPS won't rescue voters who are nervous about the US Postal Service failing to deliver their mail-in ballots in time to be counted. The Postal Service recently warned state election officials that ballot delivery could be significantly delayed because of the record number of mail-in ballots expected during the pandemic. But America's two major private delivery companies say they're unwilling to step in and handle the flood of mail-in ballots -- and they advised voters against using their services for ballot delivery. Sending mail-in ballots with FedEx or UPS would be way too expensive, and many ballots sent by private delivery won't be counted. It's also too close to the election to change the way ballots move from election offices to voters and back, voting experts say. Election officials depend on the Postal Service for the ballots as well as the applications for mail-in ballots, sample ballots. The Postal Service also delivers information about early voting, polling places locations and hours. The way election officials communicate with voters is with mail.

All that election-related mail is typically sent at a reduced rate, similar to the bulk rate of about 19 cents. Although election mail has been handled as if it's first-class mail, recent communication between the Postal Service and election offices suggested that wouldn't continue, he said. Regardless, FedEx and UPS would cost far more per ballot. More importantly, it's unclear whether ballots delivered by an outside carrier would be accepted by all the county election officials in charge of counting votes. "Each state is responsible for their own rules regarding mail-in ballots and the requirements for validity vary greatly from state to state," said UPS in a statement. "We'd suggest speaking with state authorities who set the rules to see if they will accept a ballot if delivered by a private express carrier." FedEx also said it doesn't want to handle individual ballots.

I would strongly advise mailing your ballot in no later than October 10. Use the United States Postal Service, or use an official ballot Drop Box provided by your relevant election authority.
 

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As was alluded to in the article, many state election boards do not accept any mail-in ballots not mailed using USPS.
 

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Use a drop box or vote in-person if possible.
 
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