Delivering democracy

Chris Carithers, an election commissioner in Douglas County, NE, picks up Election Mail from Omaha Retail Associate Lisa Pudys last week.

Postal Service employees across the nation are expressing pride in the important role the mail played in this year’s elections.

USPS has delivered more than 276 million pieces of Election Mail, including ballots, registration information and voters’ guides. Several states are reporting record numbers of vote-by-mail ballots.

“People depend on us,” said Berwyn, IL, City Carrier Assistant Gabriel Franco. “They give us their ballots and depend on us to deliver them.”

To prepare for the elections, USPS worked with local officials, educated employees on processing and delivery requirements, and helped campaigns create effective mailings through new digital tools and industry partnerships.

Customers are praising the Postal Service’s performance.

Kristin Mavromatis, an official at the Mecklenburg County, NC, election board, praised the Charlotte Processing and Distribution Center, where she made late-night trips to drop off ballots.

“No matter how late I bring the mailings in, someone is available to help,” she said. “Whether I come in at 10 p.m. or 1 a.m., they get the mail processed quickly.”

Sally Pujol, a Sacramento County, CA, election official, estimates postal employees delivered more than 130,000 ballots to her office in recent weeks, a new record.

“USPS has done an amazing job,” she said.