What’s the difference?

Charlotte, NC, distribution operations managers Crystal Hutchins-Jones and Jeff McClure

The Postal Service is reminding employees of the differences between Election Mail and Political Mail.

Election Mail refers to mail that allows individuals to participate in the voting process, such as ballots for domestic or international delivery, while Political Mail consists of mailings from registered political candidates, parties and related organizations.

There are different tagging requirements for Election Mail and Political Mail that move through the postal network.

“As we approach the 2018 congressional midterm and important state and local elections, it’s vital for Postal Service employees to understand the importance of both election and political mail, including how each are tagged,” said Chief Operating Officer David Williams.

“The U.S. Mail serves as a secure, efficient and effective means for citizens and campaigns to participate in the electoral process. The Postal Service is committed to delivering election and political mail in a timely manner.”

USPS expects to handle more ballots this year than it did during the 2014 midterm election cycle, when more than 20 million ballots were processed.

The Election Mail and Political Mail Blue page has more information.