April 2nd, 2009 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Oregon Elections Officials Don't Give Their Stamp of Approval to May Rate Hike


Remember earlier this year when Secretary of State Kate Brown raised concerns about the possibility the Postal Service might cut delivery on Tuesday — a potentially serious problem in a vote-by-mail state like Oregon where so many ballots come in on Election Day Tuesday.

That cost-cutting move seems dormant for the moment. But there's another development at the Postal Service worrying Brown when it comes to the upcoming election May 19 election for school board and other races.

Brown spokesman Don Hamilton notes postal rates are scheduled to rise May 11 (that's the day after mail-heavy Mother's Day on May 10). And that's a problem because many Oregon voters may forget to add the extra 2 cents postage if they mail back their ballots May 11 or later.

"The Postal Service has its own strict schedule and we have ours," Hamilton says. "Unfortunately, there's a little bit of a conflict."

And since the Postal Service has slated the month of May for any price increases in the years ahead — and Oregon's elections are set for May — this isn't a problem that will go away either.
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