Absentee ballots for the Jan. 5 Senate runoff elections in Georgia will start going out soon. With COVID-19 cases on the rise, it’s likely many Georgians will again choose to vote by mail.
Close to 2.5 million ballots have been cast by mail in Georgia for this election cycle, including a record 1.3 million in November. Across the country, more than 65 million Americans voted by mail in the November election.
That means the U.S. Postal Service, which was hampered by a re-organization earlier this year, has been busy trying to keep up.
“Lot of employees are more than willing and ready to let the Post Office shine and to show that we are essential employees,” said Chantriss Flanagan, a postal worker in Atlanta.
The American Postal Workers Union is touting the post office’s critical role in delivering election mail as it seeks $25 billion in COVID-19-related financial assistance for the USPS.