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Melissa Suite Improves Voter Rolls
Vote by Mail: A Special Flavor of Inbound Mail Processing
Tritek Vote-By-Mail System
EZ-Letter Sorters For Vote, Rejects, Outgoing Mail, And Mail Opening
VOTE 2020: Automating Vote-By-Mail To Improve Integrity, Security, Turnout
Vote-By-Mail Means No More Hacking Elections
More States Choose Paper-Based Voting Systems for 2020
Political Mail Revenue Grows
Hawaii To Conduct All Elections By Mail
OIG Says Post Ready For 2018 Election Mail
Vote-By-Mail Operations Articles
Election Integrity & Voter Registration Validation
Melissa Helps Protect Voting Rights, Empower Vote-By-Mail
Products & Technology For Vote-By-Mail
Make Voter Data Hygiene An Election Priority
Are You Ready for a Surge in Vote-By-Mail Ballots?
Improving Workflow, Security & Accountability in VBM
Ten Reasons You Need a Mail Expert on Your Election Team
What You Need to Know When Planning For Vote-By-Mail
USPS Recommendations for 2020 Election Mail Season
Inspector General Identifies Election Mail Issues
Confessions Of A Voter Fraud: I was a master at fixing mail-in ballots
USPS Files Secure Mail-In Voting Patent
USPS Vote-By-Mail Resources
Vote-By-Mail Issues & Concerns
Designing Election Mail: Ballot Envelopes and Postcards
Mailpiece design begins with the envelope, both the outgoing and reply envelope. The envelope used to send balloting material and the envelope or postcard enclosed for return mail need identification markings as required by state laws and the US Postal Service™. Leave the back of the envelope blank. Mail processing machines can misread and reroute envelopes with printing on both sides.
Weight — Design return mailpieces and envelopes to weigh 1 oz or less, so voters can return ballots with one First-Class Mail® stamp. Printing on both sides of your ballot literature is one way to reduce weight and cost.
Dimensions — Election mailpieces sizes should fit the USPS definition of a letter. The length of the mailpiece divided by its height must equal a ratio of 1.3 to 2.5.
— Maximum thickness is 1/4″.
— Minimum size is 5″ long x 3 1/2″ high.
— Maximum size is 11 1/2″ long x 6 1/8″ high.
— Maximum weight is 3.5 oz.
Logo — Only federal, state, and local voter registration and election officials may use the Official Election Mail™ logo. This logo shows that a mailpiece is from an official election organization.
The Official Election Mail logo can be obtained by contacting a Mailpiece Design Analyst at (855) 593-6093 or email@example.com.
Colors — You may use different envelope colors to distinguish ballot types, districts, elections, parties, or inserts. For readability, we suggest limiting colors to the upper left corner of the design, keeping the rest of the envelope white or a light pastel, and using dark ink for the delivery address and markings. Check with your Mailpiece Design Analyst about using colored paper and ink.
Layout — Observe the correct white space and clearances for markings and logos. When using window envelopes, make sure the delivery address and any barcode are visible. Window content should have the correct margins from window edges.
Mailpiece Design Analysts
USPS® Mailpiece Design Analysts (MDA) are specially trained postal employees who can answer questions about mailpiece design, give advice on evaluating mailpieces for automation discounts, provide technical assistance on envelope standards, and help construct mailing plans.
Contact the MDA Customer Service Help Desk: (855) 593-6093 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the primary federal law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. Postal Service. Postal Inspectors protect customers and investigate criminals who fraudulently misuse the U.S. Mail to commit crime. Through its security and enforcement functions, the Postal Inspection Service provides assurance to postal customers their mail will be delivered safely and securely.
Postal Inspectors enforce more than 200 federal laws through investigations of crimes that affect the postal system, including laws related to the desertion, obstruction, delay or destruction of mail. These are some of the laws enforced by Postal Inspectors under Title 18 of the U.S. Code:
1700 Desertion of mail Violators are fined or imprisoned not more than one year, or both
1701 Obstruction of mail generally Violators are fined or imprisoned not more than six months, or both
1702 Obstruction of correspondence Violators are fined or imprisoned not more than five years, or both
1703 Delay or destruction of mail Violators are fined or imprisoned not more than one year, or both
1709 Theft or receipt of stolen mail generally Violators are fined or imprisoned not more than five years, or both
USPS Office of Inspector General
The USPS Office of Inspector General is mandated to investigate fraud, waste and abuse for the U.S. Postal Service to maintain the integrity of postal processes and personnel. When they relate to criminal violations by postal employees and contractors, OIG Special Agents enforce sections 1700, 1701, 1702 and 1703 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code. In addition, OIG Special Agents investigate violations of section 1709, Theft of Mail Matter by Officers or Employees, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and/or a fine of $250,000.
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