Tour of duty

Pennsylvania Department of State Press Secretary Wanda Murren, Dauphin County Elections Director Jerry Feaser, Executive Deputy Secretary Robert Torres and Secretary of State Pedro Cortes are shown how mail is faced and canceled by Pennsylvania Operations Support Specialist Chad Barto.

The Postal Service is working with state and local government leaders across the nation to prepare for the fall election season.

For example, state officials recently toured the Harrisburg, PA, Processing and Distribution Center, where employees showed them how absentee ballots are inducted, managed and distributed for delivery.

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortes, who participated in the tour, thanked Central Pennsylvania District managers for their “ongoing dialogue” with state and county leaders.

“I am encouraged by our partnership to do everything possible to facilitate the absentee voting process for all Pennsylvania voters,” Cortes said.

District Manager James Drummer said the tour underscores the Postal Service’s commitment to ensuring Election Mail is handled effectively.

“Our employees play a critical role in elections, and we look forward to continuing to serve the public,” Drummer said.

The Postal Service expects to handle more Election Mail this year than it did during the 2012 presidential race, when more than 25 million return ballots were processed.

USPS is reminding employees of the tagging requirements for Election Mail and conducting state-by-state outreach to ensure election boards, campaigns and mailers are aware of Election Mail deadlines.