USPS OIG: Making Sure Every American Vote Overseas is Delivered

USPS OIG Blog – October 19, 2020 Election day is right around the corner, and a lot of attention has been focused on voting by mail here in the U.S. But did you know there are also mail-in ballots coming in from Americans overseas? Even before the pandemic, the Postal Service processed international election and…

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USPS: PMG DeJoy brings employees up-to-date [video]

October 5, 2020 In a new video message, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy brings USPS employees up-to-date on the organization’s latest activities. DeJoy discusses mail volumes, the use of data to evaluate mail flow, efforts to achieve operational excellence, the ongoing recovery from the recent hurricanes and wildfires, and the organization’s commitment to deliver election-related mail….

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USPS OIG Report: Military, Diplomatic, and Other International Election Mail

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the Postal Service’s preparedness for processing international election mail, including military and diplomatic mail. The Postal Service processes international election and political mail for eligible U.S. citizens throughout the world. Military and diplomatic members and their families or other U.S. citizens located in foreign countries can use or receive…

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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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USPS OIG Report of Investigation – Paterson, NJ, Post Office

On May 4, 2020, the OIG was informed that First-Class Mail, including but not limited to political mail and mail-in ballots, was misdelivered and left near cluster boxes at numerous apartment buildings in Paterson, NJ, on May 1, 2020. The investigation revealed through video surveillance, interviews and USPS database searches that on May 1, 2020,…

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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: Your 2020 Election and Political Mail Guide

The 2020 primary season is here and the Postal Service™ is preparing for the November 2020 general election. In addition to the Presidential election, there will be numerous 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…

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