Making Sure Every American Vote Overseas is Delivered

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.

 

Using Data to STOP Opioids  

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.

 

Digital Generation Digs Mail

Born between 1997 and 2012, Generation Z (Gen Z) is growing up with endless Internet connectivity and social media as a part of daily life. While this may suggest that Gen Zers are essentially “digital only,” it couldn’t be further from the truth. Despite — or perhaps because of — the pervasive availability of technology, Gen Z values and uses physical mail. What’s more, this generation perceives mail as special and meaningful.

 

From High-Rise Apartments to Rural Farms: Delivering Packages Across the Nation

The U.S. Postal Service we know today looks much different than it did a century ago. Its delivery network — including curbside mailboxes and delivery vehicles — was originally designed to deliver letters.

With the explosive growth of ecommerce over recent years, the Postal Service finds itself focusing more on delivering packages to mailboxes and front doors across the country. The Postal Service delivered about 6 billion packages in 2019, doubling its volume over a decade.

 

Helping Bridge the Digital Divide

Even though the Internet has only been a part of our lives for a relatively short time, its transformative power is virtually unrivaled in modern history. It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without it.

Unfortunately, many Americans don’t have to imagine. According to the Federal Communications Commission, more than 18 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed Internet service. These “have-nots” constitute the so-called “digital divide” and are shut out of the myriad of economic, educational, and social benefits the Internet has to offer.

 

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