- Associated Press - Sunday, September 13, 2020

Rhode Island’s top elections official released a statement Sunday to address what she called “misinformation” on a postcard from the U.S. Postal Service regarding voting by mail.

The postcard was sent nationwide, but Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea said “every state has different election laws and policies” and thus “the postcard contributes misinformation to the national conversation on this important election.”

She pointed out that in Rhode Island, residents who choose to vote from home must request a mail ballot at least 21 days before an election. That means that Rhode Island voters have until Oct. 13 to request one.

She also said her office sends mail ballots with postage paid return envelopes, and if voters choose to use the Postal Service to return their ballot, it must be in the mail by Oct. 27.

Rhode Island voters also have the option of using secure elections-only drop boxes that the Rhode Island Board of Elections is in the process of installing in every community, she said.



In order for a mail ballot to be counted, it needs to be at the Board of Elections or one of the drop boxes by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, she said.

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