Election day is right around the corner, and a lot of attention has been focused on voting by mail here in the U.S. But did you know there are also mail-in ballots coming in from Americans overseas? Even before the pandemic, the Postal Service processed international election and political mail for eligible U.S. citizens throughout the world, including military and diplomatic members and their families, as well as other Americans abroad. In fact, during the 2016 election, over 600,000 Americans abroad sent their ballots to their home states.
Have you ever had to fill out a customs declaration for an international package and wondered how that information is used? All that customs data, called Advance Electronic Data, or AED for short, is turned into electronic data that is shared between posts to help expedite the shipping and delivery process. AED also has other benefits and can potentially save lives. For example, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can use AED to identify and stop incoming packages that may contain lethal opioids and other illicit goods.
When you buy a car, how long do you tend to keep it? A few years? Six or seven? Ten? For the U.S. Postal Service, it’s a long, long time. The backbone of its delivery fleet – more than 200,000 vehicles – is the right-hand-drive Long Life Vehicle (LLV), which has an expected service life of 24 years. But almost 70 percent of the LLVs on urban and rural routes are now between 25 and 32 years old, and maintenance costs are high.