Rep. Veasey Intros Bill to Make Mail-In Ballots Free in Local and Federal Elections

Mar 7, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Veasey, founder and co-chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, introduced the Postage Free Ballot Act. This bill will be a part of H.R.1. It provides funding to the United States Postal Service to cover postage for mail-in ballots in federal and local elections. This will allow voters to mail in their ballots for free. 
 “No one should have to pay a fee to cast their ballot, said Rep. Veasey. "The Postage Free Ballot Act will ensure voters do not face additional hurdles when participating in their democracy. Mail-in absentee ballots should make voting more accessible for seniors,and individuals with disabilities, who deserve to have their vote counted. We need to make it easier, not harder for them to vote.”

The U.S. Postal Service currently delivers all absentee ballots regardless of whether they have proper postage and then charges the local board of elections for the cost. This bill will lift the financial burden off local election boards that currently reimburse the Postal Service for postage used for absentee ballots.