The U.S. Postal Service warned Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughes that there is a “significant risk” that lawfully requested mail ballots will not be returned in time to be counted. Voters “should submit their ballot request early enough so it is received by their election officials at least 15 days before Election Day at a minimum, and preferably long before that time,” advised Thomas Marshall, general counsel of the U.S. Postal Service.

In a letter to Hughs dated July 30 (PDF), Marshall advised that “certain deadlines for requesting and casting mail-in ballots are incongruous with the Postal Service’s delivery standards.”

Since most requests for absentee ballots are themselves mailed, the USPS is essentially recommending voters to send in their requests for an absentee ballot by October 12, 10 days before the state’s statutory deadline.

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