More than 54 million ballots were shipped by the U.S. Postal Service for the midterm elections, and nearly 99% of those ballots reached election officials within three days, according to officials on Monday.
According to the Postal Service’s post-election investigation, it took fewer than two days on average to deliver completed votes.
Amber McReynolds, chair of the Postal Service Board of Governors Election Mail Committee, stated that the results “speak for themselves.”
According to officials, the Postal Service has sent and received 54.4 million ballots by the end of the Georgia Senate runoff election on December 6.
They said that because the figure excludes ballots removed from the regular flow to speed up delivery and improperly identified ballots, the actual number may be substantially higher.
Before the record-breaking number of votes were cast in the 2020 presidential election, the Postal Service was plagued by backlogs and inquiries.
A federal judge criticized Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for failing to obtain an advisory opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission before implementing some of those changes, which included limiting overtime, ending the long-standing practice of late deliveries, and dismantling some sorting machines before the election.
However, in 2022, there were no similar complaints. The Postal Service established a permanent election and government mail division to handle election-related issues.
DeJoy said in a statement on Monday, “We take great satisfaction in the role our organization performs in the vote-by-mail process.
In comparison to the 2020 election, 98.96% of general election ballots were sent from voters to election authorities within three days for the midterms, and 99.93% were delivered within seven days, according to the report.
Before the general election, the Postal Service also sent and received more than 51 million ballots during primary elections.
According to McReynolds and DeJoy, the Postal Service will evaluate its 2022 performance to determine where future improvements might be made.