More than 50 absentee ballots were recently returned to the Monroe County Clerk’s Office without ever reaching their destination.
Spread out across County Clerk Linda Robbins’ desk are stacks of photocopied envelopes that were returned to the Clerk’s Office because of a mailing error. The envelopes contained absentee ballots that were supposed to be mailed to voters. But Robbins says the envelopes were held by the United States Postal Service, some for as long as a month, before being returned to her office.
“I don’t know if it is Monroe County, or if it is in Indianapolis, or if it is a USPS issue,” he says. “I just know is that we’ve had people from all over the United States that have asked for an absentee ballot that have not received one. And they came back here. And for some reason they were held for that period of time.”
Robbins says the Post Office told her the return address on the envelopes was too dark and too large.
“But this is the same envelope we’ve used every year. Nothing on the envelope has changed,” she says.
Robbins says U.S. Postal Service officials have assured her the ballots will get to their intended recipients in time for the voters to fill them out and mail them back before Election Day.