WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, July 28, the U.S. Postal Service announced the creation of a new dedicated division to handle election mail. The Election and Government Mail Services is part of an effort to effectively deliver mail-in ballots to voters and elections offices in advance of the 2022 midterm elections.
The COVID-19 pandemic led to a massive increase in the number of voters choosing to vote by mail, with over 135 million ballots delivered to voters in 2020. This led to concerns that the Postal Service would be unable to deliver ballots in time for the 2020 election. While the Postal Service says 97.9% of ballots were delivered to election officials within three days, the creation of the division will help the service better respond to issues with election mail in every community.
“We are fully committed to the secure and timely delivery of the nation’s election mail,” said Adrienne Marshall, the executive director of the new division.