The Vote Tabulator Guide directs clerks to use either UPS or Fed Ex and to have a signature required. The state is now paying your annual maintenance of $200 per year so the town can afford the price.
The reason is that both UPS and Fed Ex have responded immediately whenever there has been an issue in the past.
So if you choose to use the USPS, if anything happens to the cards, the town will buy the replacements at $250 per card. If you use UPS or Fed Ex, the state will deal with the issue.
Kathleen C. Scheele
Director of Elections and Campaign Finance
Vermont Office of the Secretary of State
128 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-1101
http://www.sec.state.vt.us, Click on Elections
From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Lyndon Town Clerk
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 9:21 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: returning accuvote cards
Lyndon uses a bubble-wrap padded envelope shipped via UPS and insured for
the value of the memory cards($250 each). Last year it cost $12.60 to send
both cards back to LHS.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bennington Town Clerk's Office" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 8:38 AM
Subject: returning accuvote cards
> What method do you all use to mail back your cards? It seems as though I
> had read somewhere from LHS that they don't trust USPS but Fed-Ex is
> expensive when you have to go up to the small box size due to the value of
> the cards. And I believe the flat rate boxes at USPS have tracking on
> so what would be the harm?
> Cassandra J. Barbeau
> Assistant Town Clerk
> Bennington, VT
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> Find us on the web at www.bennington.com/town