A new option for those who haven't mailed their absentee ballot

Postal Service will collect them in downtown Indy
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Posted at 5:04 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 17:35:43-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Time has all but run out for voters who are still holding onto their absentee ballot. The ballots have to arrive at county election offices by noon on Tuesday, Election Day.

But besides dropping off the ballot in person, there is another option for Marion County voters, announced Friday by the U.S. Postal Service.

You can hand off your ballot to a USPS employee at the Main Post Office location in downtown Indianapolis, 125 W. South Street, Saturday through Tuesday morning of Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020.

Postal employees will be collecting ballots on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Monday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Again, these are just Marion County ballots.

“This is an effort for us to be there for any voter who has waited until the last minute, to make sure their vote counts, too,” said Christi Johnson-Kennedy, acting district manager for the Greater Indiana District.

The Postal Service has offered a drop-off option for many years with tax returns, but Johnson-Kennedy said this will be the first time USPS has done this for ballots.

“As customers drive by, they can hand our employee the ballot,” Johnson-Kennedy said. “We will be sorting the ballots on the spot to ensure a quick turnaround."

“On Saturday, they’ll be ready for delivery on Sunday. As it’s mail, we can’t deliver to the election board on Sunday, but it will be prepared and ready for delivery first thing Monday morning., The ballots we receive on Sunday will be staged and ready to be handed off to the election board on Monday morning.

The election boards will have the ballots we receive on Monday by early Tuesday morning. And on Tuesday, any ballots we receive will be delivered before noon,” Johnson-Kennedy said.