USPS will suspend consolidation efforts during “election mailing season”

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2012 — The U.S. Postal Service announced today that its plan to consolidate its mail processing network includes a suspension of the consolidation efforts during the election mailing season in order to avoid any adverse impact on the November election. The Postal Service will also utilize an Election Mail Task Force to work with all 50 states to develop strategies that address the questions and concerns of state and local election boards. Together, these measures will ensure the timely delivery of election-related mail.

“Mail is an increasingly important part of the U.S. election process and we are confident in the dependable and timely delivery of election-related mail,” stated U.S. Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe.

In December, the U.S. Postal Service formed an agreement with Congress that no consolidation or closing of any postal facility will occur prior to May 15, 2012. Therefore, most closures or consolidations would have to take place starting after May 15, 2012, and be completed by August 31, 2012. Further consolidation of facilities would then continue in early 2013. The pursuit by the Postal Service of the significant consolidation of its national network of mail processing facilities is contingent upon its adoption of a final rule changing its delivery service standards

For primary elections after May 15, the U.S. Postal Service is instituting a state-by-state outreach program to address the questions and concerns of election boards, political candidates and mailers.

In addition, for states that are promoting vote by mail, the proposed plan to study 3,600 Post Offices around the U.S. for possible closure will not adversely affect the voting process as customers have many ways in which to deposit mail, including with their carrier, with a retail partner, at a collection box location, or at a neighboring office within reasonable distance to their current location. The Postal Service is exploring options to provide customers with alternate access to postal services and products where they live, work and shop.

  • Scout

    WOW! The politicians sure have big special balls.

  • DEUCE

    i think his priority is not servicing the American public and helping the workforce………i believe .his interests lie elsewhere………. ie.union busting and catering to 3rd class mailers that doesn;t even cover the cost of processing….
    THE POST OFFICE IS AN AGENCY THAT PROVIDES SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC……..and he’s cutting services to them and investing billions to process 3rd class faster

  • family guy

    Thank you post master-bater donhoe. Now we all in Couhog, can rest asure that all is well for the election. I see now that that is all that matters to you and congress. You got my vote. Your invited over for dinner anytime. 31 spooner st. I will give you the first serving up. Ahole

  • commonlaw

    Oh wait a minute…the General Election will shortly follow so lets suspend consolidation until December 2012…..Oh wait that’s the Xmas mailing season…let’s suspend consolidations until Ground Hog Day…Oh wait the Groundhog saw his shadow….six more weeks of no consolidations………

  • marianne silva

    When will it become obvious that this is all staged by all involved???

  • Matt M

    Hey Donut-hole … I mean Donahoe or Mr Postmaster general… What happens when the next set of elections come around? Do we reopen the facilities?

  • Rmari

    Wish we could elect the postmaster right off his throne

  • E.BYRRNES

    When all this is over, and were looking back say, 3,5 or even 10 years from now, we’ll be talking about how much money the postal service lost by closing these plants, and how it was the beginning of the for the U.S.P.S. But i think that was the main objective to begin with.