The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has created a permanent division that will oversee mail-in ballots beginning with this year's midterm election.
The Election and Government Mail Services unit will oversee “election mail strike teams” in local communities to deal with possible problems, according to Adrienne Marshall, executive director of the newly created division.
“We are fully committed to the secure and timely delivery of the nation’s election mail,” she told media outlets on July 27.
Several months ago, the Biden administration requested $5 billion to support the USPS's mail-in voting operations over the next 10 years.
It also includes policies making "official ballot materials free to mail and reducing the cost of other election-related mail for jurisdictions and voters" while "enhancing the Postal Service’s ability to securely and expeditiously deliver and receive mail in underserved areas," the White House said at the time.
The USPS claimed it delivered 97.9 percent of ballots from voters to election officials within three days, and 99.89 percent of ballots were delivered within seven days, during the 2020 election.
Reliability and FraudFormer President Donald Trump and some Republicans have said that mail-in ballots invite fraud and are unreliable. Numerous lawsuits were filed in the wake of the 2020 election over the ballots, drop boxes, and related policies, while some GOP-controlled legislatures have tightened rules around absentee voting since then.
But years later, Carter in May 2020—months before the election—released a statement that called on states to expand mail-in voting due to COVID-19.
"To address this threat," the statement said, "The Carter Center urges federal and state governments to expand access to vote-by-mail options and to provide adequate funding as quickly as possible to allow for the additional planning, preparation, equipment, and public messaging that will be required."
The USPS hasn't responded to a request for comment.