College students aren’t mailing ballots because they allegedly don’t know where to buy stamps

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Stacks of United States Postal Service (USPS) flat tubs sit on a conveyor belt at the USPS Suburban processing and distribution center in Gaithersburg, Maryland, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. The USPS anticipates delivering more than 15 billion total pieces of mail this holiday season with December 18-24 expected to be the busiest mailing […]

Wait, you can’t just text your vote? 

A focus group in Fairfax County allegedly revealed that many college students who have absentee ballots aren’t returning them because they do not know where to get stamps, according to WTOP. 

“One thing that came up, which I had heard from my own kids but I thought they were just nerdy, was that the students will go through the process of applying for a mail-in absentee ballot, they will fill out the ballot, and then, they don’t know where to get stamps,” Lisa Connors with the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs told WTOP. “That seems to be like a hump that they can’t get across.”

Connors says the focus group, which included college interns from numerous county departments, “had a very spirited conversation” about knowing many others who just didn’t send back the ballots because they the concept of a postage stamp was so foreign to them. 

“We’re really working on information to get the college students to be able to actually vote where they’re registered and vote absentee because it’s very confusing and it has a lot of pieces that can sort of go wrong in the middle of it,” said Kate Hanley, Fairfax County Electoral Board secretary.

Officials are encouraging students to vote in-person while visiting home during holiday break if such a problem persists. 



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