TICONDEROGA As election season approaches, the United States Postal Service is reminding those voting by absentee ballot to keep a few key dates in mind. According to a USPS press release, voters within the country should mail completed absentee ballots no less than five days before they are due. Americans overseas, such as those serving in the armed forces, should send ballots back at least two weeks before Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4. With more than 31 million ballots expected to be mailed this fall, the USPS is encouraging local voters to mail early this season, said customer relations coordinator Rowena D. Albert. We take this responsibility very seriously, said Albert. Were very fortunate to live in the United States where our votes count and we want to make sure they are received to be counted. Those sending out absentee ballots should also make sure to affix the proper postage, said Albert. Sometimes people think because they have balloting mail, the postage is already paid and dont to bother look at corner of their envelope before sticking it in the mail, said Albert. Then, it has to go back to them for postage, meaning it might not have time to get back to have their vote counted. Service members and Americans living abroad, however, can mail their ballots free of charge by bringing their ballot to APO/FPO post offices or to a consulate of the United States. The postal service also recommends completed ballots be placed inside envelopes correctly. Most return envelopes for ballots have a clear window on the front of the envelope so the mailing address is visible. Registered voters are also advised to ensure their correct address is on file with local election officials. For more information regarding balloting mail, visit the USPS Web site at www.usps.com.