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USPS delivered 54.4 million ballots

The Postal Service processed and delivered 54.4 million ballots during the 2022 election.

The Postal Service delivered 54.4 million ballots during last year’s midterm elections, with 98.96 percent delivered from voters to election officials within three days.

On average, completed ballots were delivered from voters to election officials in under two days.

The data, which covers the period from Sept. 6 through Dec. 6 — the date of the Georgia runoff election for U.S. Senate — is included in a post-election analysis report that USPS released this week.

“Once again, our entire Postal Service team has successfully delivered the nation’s ballots securely and on time,” said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. “We take great pride in the role our organization plays in the vote-by-mail process. The American people can continue to feel confident in using the U.S. Mail to fulfill their democratic duty.”

The USPS report also shows 99.82 percent of ballots sent by voters to election officials were delivered within five days, while 99.93 percent of ballots sent by voters to election officials were delivered within seven days.

“These results speak for themselves. The Postal Service has performed at a very high level as it has done since the late 1800s. The entire team — from the postmaster general, to the senior leadership team, to the 655,000 men and women of the Postal Service — is dedicated to ensuring excellence when it comes to delivering democracy and our nation’s Election Mail for the American people. And we will continue to look for opportunities to improve operational effectiveness of this critical service in future elections,” said Amber McReynolds, chair of the USPS Board of Governors Election Mail Committee.

The Postal Service’s role in the vote-by-mail process is to transport, process and deliver ballots to and from election officials and voters.

In July 2022, USPS announced the permanent formation of the Election and Government Mail Services Team to focus year-round on the timely and secure delivery of Election Mail, as interest in and use of vote-by-mail offerings continue to grow nationally.

The organization’s Jan. 9 news release has more information.

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