CA Lawmakers Worry About the Impact of Post Office Closures on Vote by Mail Ballots

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California lawmakers and election officials are trying to prevent the closing of mail-processing centers and post offices from disrupting vote-by-mail balloting this year. With the U.S. Postal Service set to begin closures this summer, election officials worry that longer delivery times will disenfranchise tens of thousands of absentee voters. During a joint legislative hearing Tuesday, lawmakers, county registrars and Secretary of State Debra Bowen discussed the possibility of changing California election law so ballots must be merely postmarked by Election Day. Currently, they must be in the hands of election workers to be counted. Bowen acknowledged the change could delay election results by days or even weeks. Democratic Sen. Lou Correa of Anaheim said he would be willing to push such a bill on an urgency basis.

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