It seems ridiculous to write about this topic from a financial perspective, but how could I ignore the issue when we all have been inundated with the United States Postal Services (USPS) and its stipulated problems for the last two weeks. With an estimated eight weeks until the Presidential elections, can you afford the cost of your vote? It may seem like a strange proposition, but in the year 2020 you not only have to plan your voting method. You may also need to establish a voting budget!
First Class Mail
In this instance, first class really means last class! First class letter mail is not guaranteed and your mail arrival projection is three to four days. I’m going to assume you don’t need a budget for that amount since it only cost 55 cents. The USPS has divided the country into zones and that may in part explain why you don’t want to go first class and end up having your vote arrive late and not be counted. In this case, good things aren’t cheap and cheap things aren’t good. Don’t go first class!
If you can afford it, and want a bit more comfort in mailing your vote, priority mail may just do it for you. Be prepared to spend at least $7.50! This service is projected to be delivered in one to three business days, but is not guaranteed. Since it’s one of those small costing items in your spending you are more likely to overlook it or blow it off. However, if you want to account for every dollar you spend and get a hold of your budget then you’ll have to find a way to account for it in your spending.
Priority Express Mail
Priority express mail is where you might have to consider budgeting. This service is guaranteed and your package will be overnighted to its destination. If you really want to ensure that your mail-in vote counts this service would ensure your success. The cost could be a bit prohibitive since it begins at $26.35 and only increases from there. With less than ten weeks to go, you probably need to start planning or budgeting for this cost. Remember! If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Finally, I would be remised if I neglected to mention that you may have the option of dropping your ballot into a ballot box instead of mailing it in. What’s great about this option is that there are no lines and it’s free. If time is money, this option allows you to vote and save both time and money. Visit vote.org or contact your local polling place to determine if your state has ballot boxes available.