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Postal Closures Concern Election Officials, Voters

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UNDATED – Secretaries of state say closing mail-processing centers and post offices could disrupt absentee voting this year.

The U.S. Postal Service is moving ahead with cost-cutting plans to close hundreds processing centers and thousands of post offices.

Voters worry that the closures could delay the delivery of ballots or make it difficult to find a place to mail the documents. Elections chiefs say the closures could also pose security concerns by sending some ballots out of state for processing.

The Postal Service has said it will put the closures on a temporary hiatus at the end of August to minimize disruptions ahead of the general election.

The Waite Park Distribution facility is one of five marked for closure in Minnesota, along with 117 small post offices.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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