AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — According to the Potter County Elections Administrator, Melynn Huntley, mail-in voters have been calling with concerns after viewing national news reports.
MyHighPlains.com also spoke with Randall County Elections Administrator, Shannon Lackey, who like Huntley, said the United States Postal Service is up to the challenge and doing well.
In an effort to give locals a good report on the USPS, Huntley said they dropped off about 3,200 ballots by mail last Thursday at 2:30 p.m. with the Amarillo postal service. The next day, the office reports calls from voters who had received their ballots.
Further, Potter County Elections claims that since Friday they have received over 800 voted ballots by mail.
“To me, that is something that just says our postal service here is doing an amazing job and we need to just take a deep breath and realize that what happens, maybe someplace else in the country is not our story,” Huntley said.
Lackey said they are seeing the same quick service in Randall County.
“We did our mailed out ballots on Friday, about 2000 of them went out, about 3,200 went out on Monday,” said Lackey. “They’re already trickling back in through the mail.”
Lackey said she wanted to reiterate to voters that the laws for mail voting have not changed in Texas.
“We’ve been doing this a long time. There’s a lot of people that have done this for years, and we’ve not had issues that you are hearing about on the national news. People need to remember that they need to trust their, their local election officials, their local government to do the job that we were hired to do,” Lackey said.
Even though the USPS is working efficiently here, Huntley encouraged voters to mark and send in their ballots as soon as they know how they want to vote.
“If you know who you’re going to vote for, don’t hold your ballot, just go ahead and mail it in as soon as you are set with your decisions. That way, you don’t have to worry about anything,” said Huntley. “But we’re what we’re finding, is that the way the post office prioritizes election mail is making this particular system just seamless for us.”
Huntley said having ballots sent out to voters and back in a timely manner helps everyone.
“When you see your postal carrier, tell them thank you, because they’re doing an amazing job here,” Huntley added.
This year due to COVID-19, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas), has also given Texans another option for voting by mail. Voters can either send their ballot in the mail or walk it into their county’s elections office themselves with a photo ID at any time after receiving it.
Important note—you cannot walk your ballot to a polling site. It will not be accepted, and if for some reason it is accepted, Huntley said it will not be counted.
For questions regarding voting in Amarillo, locals can visit pottercountyvotes.com.
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