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Letter: Bulk mailings should be restricted around Nov. 3 election

Posted 8/31/20

To the editor:

Without question, there is concern about the ability of each of us to have our vote counted for the forthcoming election. The alarming warnings and machinations from the Trump …

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Letter: Bulk mailings should be restricted around Nov. 3 election

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To the editor:

Without question, there is concern about the ability of each of us to have our vote counted for the forthcoming election. The alarming warnings and machinations from the Trump administration regarding the U.S. Postal Service have only intensified our fears.

After sorting through my mail these past few month, I was struck with the fact that this pandemic has somehow motivated every charitable or service organization to accelerate their desire for me to contribute, subscribe to or use their service. On a recent day, I had 10 pieces of mail and none of them were personal correspondence from friends or bills I regularly pay. That is typical.

I suggest that the following be considered to facilitate the processing of presidential ballots for prompt and valid counting: Commencing two weeks before the Nov. 3 election and ending two weeks afterwards, prohibit the mailing of all bulk mail to include commercial mail (large quantities of mail prepared for mailing at reduced postage) and all forms of advertising mail. 

Citizens, too, should also be encouraged to only use the USPS for essential mail. It may not be the total solution, but it could greatly alleviate the load on the overtaxed USPS system.

Kenneth F. Scigulinsky

368 Sea Meadow Drive

Portsmouth

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