• Project Title:
  • Processing Readiness for Election and Political Mail for the 2018 Midterm Election
  • Start Date:
  • Monday, November 20, 2017
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • May 2018

The Postal Service plays a role in the American democratic process by processing and delivering election and political mail through its network of 227 mail processing facilities. Election mail includes official items such as voter registration requests and absentee or mail-in ballots. Political mail is mail sent by a registered political candidate, campaign committee, or a committee of a political party to promote political candidates, referendums, or political campaigns.

The 2018 U.S. midterm elections will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 for:

>    All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives,
>    33 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate, 
>    39 states and territorial governorships, and 
>    State and local elections.

In this audit, we will assess the Postal Service’s readiness for handling and processing election and political mail for the 2018 Midterm elections.

  • What issues have you experienced related to the processing of election and political mail?
  • How can the Postal Service improve the processing of election and political mail?

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  • anon

    NO WAY!!! The USPS Can "NOT" even delivery the mail load that they have on a normal Winter's day. They spend to much time at the mail post office drink coffee, sorting their mail/ loading it into their contract vans to put themselves out of their route after dark where they mis-deliver the USPS mail. This has happen to us TWICE in 2 Weeks. He had one USPS Contract Mail Delivery person say that they could NOT find our central BIG GRAY neighborhood mail box. Its time that started riding with the Contract USPS mail carriers and timing them just like the UPS does to their drivers. We had a much better and cheaper USPS mail system in the 1950's !! What happen to it ??????

    Dec 10, 2017
  • anon

    I saved every piece of political mail from the last election cycle. If I put them all up on a wall they would make a mural 9 foot by 5 foot. Only one out of 20 contained a positive message. The income is nice for USPS but the messages are a sad commentary on how low the political process has sunk.

    Dec 10, 2017
  • anon

    The post office at zip 11233 services are slow and one clerk is servings over fifty customers with out any assistance from other staff,there's no access to supervision, everything is processed at one window, we pay taxes and vote if this office is chosen for a shut down how do you think the community will vote?

    Dec 05, 2017
  • anon

    USPS should waive the fees for Election Mail, particularly absentee ballots. It should not cost anything to participate in democracy.

    Nov 30, 2017

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