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Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman
Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman

Suleiman urges USPS to deliver ballots on time

Some voters didn’t receive ballots until May, Atlantic County Democratic chair says

By Nikita Biryukov, May 19 2020 2:42 pm

Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman on Tuesday urged the U.S. Postal Service to make sure the county’s primary voters get their mail-in ballots delivered on time.

“As someone who has voted by mail for the past ten years, it is important that Atlantic County voters, many of whom will be voting by mail for the first time this year, have the same confidence in mail-in voting as I do,” Suleiman said in a letter to a USPS processing center in Bellmawr, which serves his county.

The Atlantic City Press last week reported roughly 400 mail-in ballots sent to Atlantic City residents were sent out after the April 24 deadline to mail such ballots had passed.

Suleiman said he believed the issue was more widespread, adding that he received several calls from voters who said they had not yet received their ballots by April 30 or May 1.

Late deliveries, missing postmarks and a host of other mail-related issues caused hiccups during non-partisan municipal elections last week. In some cases, returned mail-in ballots have taken more than a week to reach election officials.

“In light of reports that residents in Atlantic City received their ballots far later than they should have, I am urging USPS to expeditiously deliver mail-in ballots in the primary and that completed ballots are returned to the Board of Elections as quickly as possible,” Suleiman said.

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