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Kendrick calls for mail-in ballot protections amid USPS changes

State Rep. Kip Kendrick says he’s alarmed by big changes at the postal service.

The Columbia Democrat sent a letter to Gov. Parson asking that all ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 be allowed. Right now, they have to be delivered to the ballot box by then.

“I think it’s critical that we do all that we can to make sure that every person’s vote counts this election,” Kendrick says.

Pres. Trump has said he is withholding funding in part to disrupt the mail-in ballot process.

“It’s going to impact people’s health. It’s going to impact businesses. And it has the very real potential to impact the election,” Kendrick says.

More from The Associated Press:

A U.S. Postal Service official is warning that Missourians should return their mail-in ballots at least a week before the election to ensure they’ll be counted. Postal Service official Thomas Marshall told Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft last month that the service might not be able to return all mail-in ballots to election officials by Nov. 3. Missouri requires mail ballots to arrive by 7 p.m. on Election Day for them to be counted. Marshall says Missouri should encourage voters to mail ballots no later than Oct. 27. Election authorities expect a big increase in mail-in ballots this year because of coronavirus concerns.

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