USPS OIG Report: Processing Readiness of Election and Political Mail in 2020 General Elections

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the Postal Service’s readiness for timely processing of Election and Political Mail for the 2020 general elections. Election Mail is any mailpiece that an authorized election official creates for voters participating in the election process and includes ballots and voter registration materials. Political Mail is any mailpiece created by…

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USPS OIG: Election and Political Mail

Political and Election Mail are part of a long tradition in American political history. Political Mail is defined as any mailpiece sent for political campaign purposes by a registered candidate, a campaign committee, or a committee of a political party to promote candidates, referendums, or campaigns. Election Mail refers to items such as ballots, voter…

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Why some mail-in ballots are rejected (video)

CBS News – August 3, 2020 A missing signature, an unverified signature, or late arrival are the most common reasons for a ballot to be rejected, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission report from the 2016 election. CBS News political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns and CBS News 2020 campaign reporter Adam Brewster join Elaine Quijano…

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USPS: Handle Election Mail, Political Mail properly

The Postal Service wants employees to continue to be mindful of the differences between Political Mail and Election Mail tags when handling mail. Red Tag 57, for Political Mail, should be used for any political campaign mailing by a registered candidate, campaign committee or committee of a political party. This tag also can be used…

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USPS OIG: Management Alert – Timeliness of Ballot Mail in the Milwaukee P&DC Service Area

Introduction This management alert responds to the congressional requests and presents our results and recommendations to address the issues identified in this report. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an expected increase in the number of Americans who will choose to vote by mail and avoid in-person voting. This was evident during the Wisconsin…

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USPS: Election Mail, Political Mail handling reminder

The Postal Service wants employees to know the differences between Political Mail and Election Mail tags during this year’s election season. Red Tag 57, for Political Mail, should be used for any political campaign mailing by a registered candidate, campaign committee, and committee of a political party. This tag also can be used for a…

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Latest Postal Bulletin features this year’s Election Mail communications plan

Background The 2018 primary season is here and the Postal Service™ is preparing for the November 2018 general election. There will be several congressional, gubernatorial, state, and local races. Thus, proper handling of Election Mail and Political Mail is critical. Concerns have been raised about how long it takes for Election Mail and Political Mail…

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