Local leaders ask you not to wait to mail in your ballots

WATCH: Leaders speak out after residents voice concerns over mail-in ballots

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Last week, the U.S. Postal Service warned that mail-in ballots in almost every state may not be received by election offices in time to be counted, which triggered backlash across the country.

Local leaders ask that you don’t wait until the last minute to cast to ur ballot. 

“We fight wars to spread this form of government oversees, but yet right here in the very home of democracy it’s being suppressed,” said Rep. Antonio Parkinson.

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Last week, the U.S. Postal Service sent letters to nearly every state suggesting voters who return ballots close to the time of their state’s deadlines may not have their votes counted.

“I just think we should give everyone the right to vote as unencumbered as possible,” Parkinson said. 

Significant changes have been made within U.S. Postal Services, which include slowed delivery, reduced post office operating hours, cut overtime for postal workers and warnings to election officials that mail-in ballots will no longer automatically be moved as priority mail.

“My advice is this simple,” Parkinson said. “Get the process started as early as possible.”

Other local leaders have solid advice for voters as well. 

“I would suggest maybe taking your ballot at Bartlett post office because that’s where the post office gets their mail,” said Rep. Steve Cohen. If you drop it there you cut out the middle man.”

Adding the local postmaster said there were no issues with absentee voting during the August election.

“He did suggest and make a point that every ballot made it in during the August election before five,” Cohen said. 

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling lawmakers back to Washington early from August recess, for a vote on a bill to block The U.S. Postal Service from making any operational changes.