From Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office:
This email is to acknowledge the receipt of and to respond to your FOIA request dated September 17, 2020. Your request is granted. The contract and email communications are attached. The Secretary of State Department of Budget and Fiscal Management advises me of the following:
1. There is no breakdown available by zip code. The information was transmitted electronically by the Board of Elections to the Secretary of State who then forwarded the information to the vendor;
2. 5,357,179 notices were send advising people they had not yet requested a mail-in ballot; and
3. The estimated cost is: $30,000 for sorting, and $183,477.25 based on the base fee of $0.39 per piece. The Department also advises that there were some categories (i.e. foreign, invalid, etc.) that added an additional fee on top of the negotiated postage rate.
4. The final postage as of 9/21/2020 was $2,078,668.
The mailing can be seen below:
And, guess what?
A similar letter will go out in mid-October.