The Wall Street Journal (subscriber content) reports:
The U.S. Postal Service has urged voters to mail in their presidential ballots at least a week before their state’s due date in order to be counted. But that might not be enough time.
Of the 29 states that require mail-in ballots to arrive on or before election day, 28 have since late July seen periods of average delivery times exceeding six days, the Journal analysis found. Among them are battleground states like Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin and Georgia.
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is encouraging voters who still have a ballot-by-mail for the General Election to mail it back no later than Tuesday, Oct. 27, to help ensure election officials receive the voted ballots back by Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. Election officials: Post mail-in ballots by Oct. 27 or use drop box to ensure ballot is counted:
“The General Election is well underway, and we have seen a historic number of ballots-by-mail already returned,” Hobbs said. “Because ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day, after Oct. 27, we recommend that voters find a place to drop-off their ballots.”
All Arizona ballots-by-mail come with a postage-paid return envelope. There is no need to add more postage. After sealing a ballot in the return envelope, voters must remember to sign and date the envelope, and include a phone number election officials can use to contact the voter if needed.
Voters can also return their voted ballot to their County Recorder’s Office, any official drop-box or drop-off location, or any voting location in their county. A list of 18 drop boxes across Coconino County is available on the county recorder’s website.
The early voting period runs until Friday, Oct. 30. [Emergency Voting on Saturday and Monday].
Voters can also check the status of their mail in ballot at https://my.arizona.vote/AbsenteeTracker.aspx.
Best advice: Do not mail your ballot, take it to an early voting election site drop-off box to ensure receipt.