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USPS Offers Ballot Drop-Off Location in Downtown Indy

INDIANAPOLIS — The US Postal Service wants to do all it can to ensure ballots make it in by the noon deadline on Nov. 3.

If you’ve not yet returned your mail-in ballot, the Postal Service is offering you the chance to hand off your ballot to a USPS employee at the Main Post Office location in downtown Indy (125 W. South Street) starting Saturday through Tuesday morning.

USPS workers will be collecting ballots on the following days and times:

  • Saturday, 10/31: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, 11/1: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Monday, 11/2: 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 11/3: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

The ballot collection service is for Marion County voters only.

“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.

This is the first time the USPS has offered a drop-off option for ballots. It has offered the service for many years with tax returns, according to Johnson-Kennedy.

As customers drive by, they will hand the employee their ballot. The employee will stamp it and then send it on to be sorted and prepared for the election board.

“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.

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