Possible closure of Cherrybell mail center has Tucson voters concerned

Published: Mar. 9, 2016 at 2:53 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:19 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Many Tucson residents are concerned their votes in the upcoming Arizona presidential primary election will not be counted if the Cherrybell mail center closes.

The center, located near East 22nd Street and South Kino Parkway, has remained open despite budget issues that were announced last summer, but its future has yet to be determined.

Officials from the Pima County Recorder's Office said they believe closing the office would delay service and cause some mail-in ballots to not be counted.

Congresswoman Martha McSally said she met with 33 lawmakers and wrote a letter to the postal service about the possibility of consolidating the Cherrybell center to thwart the chance of uncounted votes.

"We need to make sure that every vote counts and every voter wants to make sure that their vote counts," McSally said. "Any decisions (the U.S. Postal Service) is making need to be based on the concerns that we're bringing to them and the impact that it's having on our communities. And they need to take a fresh look at all of that before they make any future decisions."

According to a news release, McSally also met with D.C. officials to emphasize the importance of the center and the potential it could have to disenfranchise voters if it closes.

The USPS states on its website that any decision to consolidate a facility is not made lightly.

"There is a standardized process by which the Postal Service must follow in order to consolidate a facility. ... Every proposal for consolidation is evaluated, employee, congressional, mailing industry and public input is sought and considered prior to any decision being made," the website states.

Tucson News Now Intern Clarisse Markarian contributed to this article.

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