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Kootenai County Ballots Returned Postage-Due

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service has been returning absentee ballots to Kootenai County voters over a 17-cent postage shortage despite agency rules that require they be delivered anyway to ensure they are counted.

Voters in Kootenai County have two ballots for the general election, including one for constitutional issues. Ballot instructions told voters they would need 61 cents in postage but many returned them with just a 44 cent stamp.

Elections supervisor Carrie Phillips tells the Coeur d'Alene Press she noticed the mix up last week when voters began bringing ballots in by hand after they had been returned to their homes.

Kootenai County has an agreement with the postal service to pay the extra postage. Phillips says ballots with just one stamp will be delivered to the county.

      
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