Lexington’s Paul Steidler was quoted in The New York Times’ story about the Postal Service’s persistent delays in the week leading up to Election Day, causing many to worry that ballots will not arrive on time. The Postal Service has reported that the on-time delivery rate for first-class mail is far below its target. According to a news release, USPS saw on-time first-class mail delivery dip to 85.6 percent, near the low of 83 percent it reported during the summer.
Experts and election officials are increasingly warning voters, especially in battleground states, not to rely on the mail to cast their ballots. They are instead encouraged to vote early in person or to personally deliver ballots directly to collection boxes at those early voting sites.
“I would not mail in a ballot in this circumstance, and I think for anybody who can, either vote in person or drop it off at a box,” said Steidler.
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