Statement of Azeezaly S. Jaffer, Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications

Oct 31, 2004, 01:00 ET from U.S. Postal Service

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- With elections only two days away, the
 United States Postal Service is geared up for last minute delivery of millions
 of pieces of campaign literature to voters throughout the nation on Monday.
     Deliveries tomorrow will also include absentee ballots for thousands of
 voters unable to vote in person.
     In some locations -- including Florida's Broward and Palm Beach Counties
 -- election officials mailed some 8,000 absentee ballots as late as Saturday
 evening. In those areas, local postal officials are encouraging voters to
 complete and return their ballots as early as possible on Monday so that they
 are in the mailstream in time for delivery to county election boards on
 Tuesday. While most of these ballots were for local delivery, some were sent
 to voters in distant states.
     Postal officials nationwide report that their employees have been working
 throughout the weekend to prepare mailings for Monday delivery. Despite large
 campaign mail volumes that continued to enter our system during the weekend,
 postal managers report that this mail is moving smoothly to local post offices
 and there are no delays or backlogs.
     The men and women of the Postal Service are working hard to keep Americans
 connected -- particularly during the important election season. Their
 dedication and pride is particularly evident in Florida, where their efforts
 restored mail service -- often before other critical services were available
 -- in hundreds of communities devastated by four back-to-back hurricanes. In
 Florida, and in every state, they are bringing that same commitment to service
 to their handling of election mailings.
 
 

SOURCE U.S. Postal Service
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- With elections only two days away, the
 United States Postal Service is geared up for last minute delivery of millions
 of pieces of campaign literature to voters throughout the nation on Monday.
     Deliveries tomorrow will also include absentee ballots for thousands of
 voters unable to vote in person.
     In some locations -- including Florida's Broward and Palm Beach Counties
 -- election officials mailed some 8,000 absentee ballots as late as Saturday
 evening. In those areas, local postal officials are encouraging voters to
 complete and return their ballots as early as possible on Monday so that they
 are in the mailstream in time for delivery to county election boards on
 Tuesday. While most of these ballots were for local delivery, some were sent
 to voters in distant states.
     Postal officials nationwide report that their employees have been working
 throughout the weekend to prepare mailings for Monday delivery. Despite large
 campaign mail volumes that continued to enter our system during the weekend,
 postal managers report that this mail is moving smoothly to local post offices
 and there are no delays or backlogs.
     The men and women of the Postal Service are working hard to keep Americans
 connected -- particularly during the important election season. Their
 dedication and pride is particularly evident in Florida, where their efforts
 restored mail service -- often before other critical services were available
 -- in hundreds of communities devastated by four back-to-back hurricanes. In
 Florida, and in every state, they are bringing that same commitment to service
 to their handling of election mailings.
 
 SOURCE  U.S. Postal Service