Kitchen Table Kibitzing Friday – my absentee ballot experience.

Trump has franked all of us.

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I applied for an absentee ballot a month before the primary election day, sending the application to my Secretary of State two weeks before the deadline  Usually it can take three to four days to deliver a letter within the state.

Waited for the mail to come in on election day. It still hadn't arrived.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 14: A sign reading "Vote Here" points toward a polling place for the 2018 Minnesota primary election at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on August 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

So I went to the local polling station, filled out a ballot (voted for Bernie rather than uncommitted​, Joe won by 57%, Gabbard’s still on the ballot). I don’t usually wait in line. Everybody was wearing PPEs.

I finally received my absentee ballot two days after the primary election day. It appears that the Secretary of State sent my ballot on that primary election day, judging from the stamping; it got cancelled at the USPS facility nine days after it got franked. This means that nine days were allocated for delivery but USPS didn’t cancel it until election day itself. CYA?



I may send a letter to the Secretary of State complaining about receiving my absentee ballot so late. This is the issue with first class bulk that probably is affected not only by slowdowns but by the use of USPS sorting machines.

This is a cautionary tale.

When I voted absentee before, I have used a variety of methods over many elections, ranging from using FedEx, ExpressMail, Certified with Return Receipts because one time, the envelope design caused the absentee ballot to be returned to me because there were machine readable addresses on both sides of the envelope. I actually complained to my city’s board of supervisors. 

Not nearly as bad as taxes, but that’s the deal if you’ve had petty-bureaucratic a-holes claim they received something late. And then there’s the fragment of a destroyed package the USPS sends to you because they looted the package, ostensibly to do CYA.

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President Trump admitted in an interview he plans to block additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service in order to prevent increased voting by mail.

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There’s all kinds of things that people want to send in the mail, OTOH, you haven’t lived until you’ve waited for someone trying to figure out how to package marine fittings (boat rails) in a UPS store.

In what Mail Classes can I Ship Items in Dry Ice? Dry Ice is prohibited from International Mail. Dry ice is permitted in quantities of up to 5 pounds per mailpiece when shipped as Domestic Mail via air transportation (Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail®, First-Class Mail®, and Fir st-Class Package Service-Commercial™).

 

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First, let’s revisit that coconut. Turns out, there’s actually a business in Molokai, Hawaii—Post-A-Nut—that provides a way for residents and visitors to send an unusual, authentic bit of the island to their friends. The business, which was established in 1991, has become quite popular, ranking third on  Trip Advisor’s list of “Things To Do on Molokai.” It’s quite the business, as the tiny Hoolehua Post Office sends out more than 3,000 coconuts a year, about 700 of those to foreign countries. Their annual revenue is currently approaching $60,000.

www.simplemost.com/…

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