18 Utah counties don’t provide prepaid postage on by-mail ballots. They can still vote, ACLU says.

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As Utah pivots to an all-mail primary election to stem the spread of COVID-19, the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah wants to remind people that not having access to a stamp shouldn’t preclude them from voting in the 18 Utah counties that don’t provide prepaid postage.

That’s because the U.S. Postal Service has a long-standing policy of delivering official election materials without a stamp — even when a return envelope says “postage required.”

While the 55-cent price for a stamp may seem negligible to some, “finding enough postage to return a ballot will be a high barrier to voting” for others, the ACLU wrote in a news release announcing its “No Stamp? No Problem!” campaign earlier this week.

“Think about the millennial, first-time voter who pays all of her bills online,” the organization said. “Consider the senior citizen with a chronic condition who is afraid to leave their home to buy stamps during a pandemic. Plus, how many of us actually know how much it costs to mail a first-class letter (Hint: It went up to $0.55 in January)?”
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