Archive for November 5th, 2012

Political campaign mail: Does the mailbox influence the ballot box?

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As one of the most hotly contested election campaigns in years comes to a close tomorrow, the media is filled with campaign ads. Whether in the morning newspaper, through social media websites, or during commercial breaks on television, we hear constantly about various candidates and ballot referenda. The mailbox is no exception — direct mail continues to be a widely used political advertising strategy. Recent reports indicate that nearly 2 billion pieces of political mail have been sent this election cycle, and the Postal Service projects it will earn nearly $400 million in revenue from this volume.

via Political campaign mail: Does the mailbox influence the ballot box? | USPS OIG.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 5th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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USPS in ‘emergency’ mode to deliver ballots from states hit by Sandy

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The U.S. Postal Service is invoking “emergency operation plans” to ensure every absentee ballot is delivered on time for the election Tuesday, a spokeswoman has confirmed.

“We regularly deliver mail in adverse conditions and, therefore, where it’s safe to do so, USPS will continue to deliver the mail in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy,” the agency said in a statement.

Spokeswoman Darlene Reid-DeMeo told Government Executive that power outages have caused USPS to suspend service in much of New Jersey, New York City, Long Island, Staten Island, parts of Connecticut, as well as in Richmond, Va., and parts of northern Ohio, where the presidential election is closely contested. Mail from these areas is being rerouted to open processing plants.

via USPS in ‘emergency’ mode to deliver ballots from states hit by Sandy – Management – GovExec.com.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 5th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

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PostalOne Patch Release November 11

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From the PostalOne Help Desk

PostalOne!® Release 32.0.2 Patch Deployment — Will occur on Sunday, November 11, 2012, during the normal maintenance window 4-8 am Central Time, and will complete all software updates with no outage. No new Mail.dat® client download is required.

PostalOne!® Release 32.0.2 Patch Deployment to Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) — Will occur on Sunday, November 11, 2012, during the normal maintenance window 4-8 am Central Time, and will complete all software updates with no outage.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 5th, 2012 at 11:39 am

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Video: USPS may bill local board of elections for absentee ballot postage confusion

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 5th, 2012 at 11:29 am

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