Save postage

Just got a call from a woman, who I’m guessing is going to vote against the school district’s parcel tax.

She’s mad because her absentee ballot came with instructions that the minimum postage required was 78 cents. But when she went to the post office and weighed her ballot, it only cost 61 cents to mail.

She figures the post office is making a killing on this absentee ballot thing, although I’m guessing most people will just put two stamps on the envelope no matter what.

Anyway, if you want to save 17 cents, you’ve just been empowered by The Argus.

Matt Artz


  1. No wonder we’re in such a terrible mess. No one in government can do the math. I guess this is price of freedom?

  2. However petty this woman’s complaint sounds, consider this:

    Admittedly ignorant of USPS services, I recently mailed a letter with a delivery confirmation costing me a total of $5.60, learning later that certified mail ($2.50) would have resulted in an identical result – delivered in 2-3 days and a confirmation. The postal worker didn’t make the distinction, but was highly motivated in asking if I wanted to “buy stamps? buy packing supply? Buy packing material? Buy stamps? You want to buy, you want to buy…?”

    So, no it does not surprise me to learn the post office is collecting and extra $Mil or two across the country on absentee ballots. We live in the age of getting yours before the getting is gone. The government has honed this skill to perfection, the USPS is no exception.

  3. If casinos can provide electronic gambling machines and I can file and pay my taxes on the Internet, why can I not vote over the internet? Internet voting would save the $0.61 in postage. 10 years after the Florida voting debacle and we still can’t use electronic voting machines. Our government is more than a bit incompetent in this area.

    In Brazil, everyone votes electronically and they have a larger population and less a less sophisticated government than us.

  4. We always drop off our absentee ballot for free on election day at a polling station.

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