Votes are in

The Postal Service’s Hawkeye District was recently honored for processing and delivering a record-setting number of absentee ballots during last year’s general election.

The district received the National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award, which recognizes individuals, groups and organizations for outstanding service and dedication.

“The Postal Service stepped up and helped ensure we had a clean, smooth election in Iowa. They deserve our gratitude,” Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said during the award presentation ceremony.

More than 1.7 million Iowans voted in the general election — including approximately 1 million who voted absentee — surpassing the state’s previous record of nearly 1.6 million set in 2012, according to Iowa’s election figures.

Hawkeye District Manager Jim Hermann, who accepted the award, said he is “extremely proud” of the 8,000 postal workers in Iowa who helped accept, process and deliver election-related mail.

“[They] remained vigilant in their mission to bind the nation together and deliver absentee ballots and Election Mail to our customers,” he said.