The following is a gentle, friendly PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT to all political candidates in Franklin

Maybe you’re new to all this.

Understand that if you’re going to be out and about, going door to door, handing out your campaign literature, there are a few simple rules you must follow.

And you probably will want to share this with any eager beaver volunteers in your camp.

The first one is simple. Knock on door. Greet resident. Hand over your brochure or lit piece. CORRECT.

You want to just drop your material. The newspaper box next to or under the mailbox? CORRECT.

Put it in the mailbox? WRONG.

Tie it with a rubber band to the mailbox? WRONG.

Directly from the USPS, basic Campaign 101 guidelines.

“No part of a mail receptacle may be used to deliver any matter not bearing postageincluding items or matter placed upon, supported by, attached to, hung from, or inserted into a mail receptacle. Any mailable matter not bearing postage and found as described above is subject to the same postage as would be paid if it were carried by mail.”

Can I affix a flyer or poster to a United States Postal Service® Collection Box®?United States Postal Service Collection boxes are the property of the Postal Service. You are not allowed to affix anything to them, including flyers, signs about missing items or animals, and advertisements.

You wanna hold office? You gotta know this stuff.

You’re welcome.

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