Ask 2: How much postage is needed to send my mail-in ballot?

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Question: How much postage is needed to send my mail-in ballot?

Answer: Here is information on Harris County, specifically: “You will need two standard stamps when mailing your ballot ($1.10 total postage). If you do not have stamps, you may place your ballot in the mail without postage, and it will still be delivered to our office and counted.”

Texas is one of many states that do not provide absentee voters with a prepaid return envelope, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

According to the USPS, completed ballots are classified as First-Class Mail and require proper postage to help ensure timely processing and delivery.

Voters are responsible for affixing the appropriate postage on their return ballot envelope.

According to Texas Tribune, postage for mail-in ballots will vary by the county due to differences in the ballot style and size.

The First-Class Mail postage rate for a standard-sized, rectangular envelope starts at $0.55. Postage for square, oversized, or unusually shaped envelope starts at $0.70. First-Class Mail stamps can be purchased online.

If a ballot is sent with insufficient or missing postage, the Postal Service is supposed to deliver the ballot and bill the county, according to Texas Tribune.

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