As the Nov. 8 general election approaches, USPS is reminding employees of the major differences between Political Mail and Election Mail tags.
Red Tag 57, for Political Mail, may be used on campaign mailings by registered political candidates and organizations engaging in issue advocacy or voter mobilization.
Green Tag 191, for domestic and international ballots, may only be used to identify ballot mail addressed for domestic or international delivery.
To make sure they are properly processed and delivered, follow these tips:
- Look for mail containers identified with Tag 57 or Tag 191 and handle them appropriately.
- Use Tag 191 to identify ballot mail, including sample ballots, and document this mail through the Election Mail log. All ballot mail should be expedited through processing operations due to time sensitive delivery requirements.
- Use Tag 57 to properly identify, document and process Political Mail using the Political Mail log according to usual criteria and guidelines.
- If you encounter Political Mail or Election Mail that isn’t identified with a tag, enter the mail information into the appropriate log and report the problem to your local election/political mail coordinator as soon as possible.
The Election Mail and Political Mail Blue site has additional information.