State Voting Division Is "Closely" Monitoring Mail-In Ballots

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Despite concerns over federal funding for the United States Postal Service, the head of the Massachusetts Voting Division said he doesn't expect many issues with voting by mail this year.

Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin told WBZ NewsRadio he does have concerns about recent cost-cutting measures for the USPS, and what he called the "inexperience" of new senior managers at the postal service.

But Galvin said the state and the USPS work very closely together ahead of elections, and he's confident the local postal service will be able to deliver this year's ballots on time.

"We are monitoring things very closely," Galvin told WBZ NewsRadio. "[If] you've received your ballot, and you're prepared to vote; vote, and send it back. The postage on these ballots is prepaid."

Although drop-boxes are not usually tampered with, Galvin said he does not support widespread drop-off locations for ballots, in part because of the speculation around their safety.

"We are not in favor of drop-boxes at extraneous locations like dumps ... we think that's a bad idea," he said. "One of the problems we've seen with this election from the top down is suspicions being raised, even when they're not justified."

Anyone voting by mail in the state primary must have their completed ballots received by September 1st.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas reports:

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