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Young voters don’t know where to buy stamps for absentee ballots

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College
students aren’t sending their absentee ballots because they don’t
know how to find stamps, a new study finds.


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  • Fairfax County, Virginia conducted a focus group this summer
    with college interns from across various county departments.
  • County officials learned that college students were failing
    to send back their absentee ballots because they didn’t know how
    to get a stamp.
  • “That seems to be like a hump that they can’t get across,”
    Lisa Conners, of the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs,
    told WTOP on Tuesday.

Democrats are counting on Generation Z, many of whom recently
gained the right to vote, to help turn Congress blue in the
midterm elections.

But 49 cents may be all it takes to keep these post-Millennials
from exercising their civic duty.

On Tuesday, a Fairfax County, Virginia official said they are
noticing a disturbing trend: young people failing to mail in
their absentee ballots because they don’t know how to get a
stamp.

Lisa Connors, of the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs, ran
a focus group this summer comprised of colleges students
interning in various county departments.

“One thing that came up, which I had heard from my own kids but I
thought they were just nerdy, was that the students will go
through the process of applying for a mail-in absentee ballot,
they will fill out the ballot, and then, they don’t know where to
get stamps,” Connors told
WTOP
. “That seems to be like a hump that they can’t get
across.”

Connors went on to say that many in the focus group said “they
knew lots of people who did not send in their ballots because it
was too much of a hassle or they didn’t know where to get a
stamp.”

“Across the board, they were all nodding and had a very spirited
conversation about ‘Oh yeah, I know so many people who didn’t
send theirs in because they didn’t have a stamp,'” Connors said.

As a way to combat this abstention for the upcoming midterm
elections, the county is focusing on raising awareness of
in-person absentee voting, which students can do while they’re
home on fall breaks. That voting starts in Virginia
on Friday.

Another potential hurdle that the county is worried about is
voters mixing up their home address, where they are registered to
vote, with the address they want their absentee ballot shipped
to, according to WTOP. If they mix this up on the ballot, then
it’s rendered invalid.

You can buy stamps from the US Postal Service online and in
person, as well as from other online retailers like Amazon and Stamps.com. Banks, gas stations,
pharmacies, and big box retailers like Walmart also sell them.

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