In an official press release by the U.S. Postal Service, the USPS has announced price increases for 2014. The prices increases are expected to generate $2 billion in new revenue to improve the financial situation in the US.
If your elections use traditional paper ballots or if you send election notices through by mail, these new price increases will certainly effect your election.
Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing, effective Jan. 26, 2014 include:
- Letters (1 oz.) — 3-cent increase to 49 cents
- Letters additional ounces — 1-cent increase to 21 cents
- Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.15
- Postcards — 1-cent increase to 34 cents
Election-America has a couple of ideas to overcome the increase in postage costs.
- Transition to online voting
- If bylaws or policies permit, send election notices by email instead of through the mail
- Redesign your ballots and/or election notices with a cost-savings design
- As a National Premier USPS Customer, Election-America can ensure the lowest costs in postage for first class ($0.378), non-profit ($0.142), or standard ($0.26) mail.
Contact Election-America today to learn more about online voting or techniques to save money with a paper election.
About the Author:
Donna Emanuele is the Social Engagement Advocate for Election-America. Seasoned in in community engagement and participation, working in the field of elections seemed a natural fit for Donna. Donna can be reached directly at (866) 514-2995 x111 or DEmanuele@Election-America.com.