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18 Not So Obvious Ways the Post Office Helps Americans

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Protects the integrity of the election process

There has been a surge in voting by mail in the United States in recent years. Election mail consists of mail to or from election officials. This includes ballots, ballot applications, and registration forms. During the 2020 general election, the USPS said it delivered ballots from election officials to voters in an average of 2.1 days and ballots from voters to election officials in an average of 1.6 days.

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Helps law enforcement

Founded in 1775, the USPS is one of the nation’s oldest law-enforcement organizations. The U.S. Mail is protected by more than 200 federal laws that are enforced by the Postal Inspection Service.

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Can recover stolen mail transport equipment

In 2021, U.S. Postal Inspectors recovered misappropriated or stolen mail-transport equipment that was valued at $1.1 million.

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Saves people time with deliveries

Every day the Postal Service picks up, processes, and delivers millions of letters and packages.

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Saves taxpayers money

The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating costs and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund operations.

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