Election Mail


Image of Official Election Mail logoBefore they go to the ballot box, they’ll go to the mailbox.

States and localities are increasingly using mail in the election process. That’s why at USPS®, we’re committed to providing you with the training and tools necessary to implement successful and cost-effective mail strategies for any political mailing. The following overview highlights the many benefits of working with USPS on your Vote-by-Mail program.

Election Mail vs. Political Mail

By definition, Election Mail is any item mailed to or from authorized elections officials that enables citizens to vote, including…

  • Mail-in ballots
  • Ballot materials
  • Voter registration cards
  • Absentee applications
  • Polling place notifications

Political Mail is material promoting political candidates, referenda, or campaigns from a registered…

  • Political Candidate
  • Federal, state, or local campaign committee
  • Committee of a political party – for example, the Democratic National Committee or Republican Congressional Campaign Committee

Learn more about Political Mail ›

U.S. Postal Service® Revises Balloting Material Postage Standards PDF | HTML

2014 Americans Overseas Ballot Mailing Deadlines PDF | XLS

2014 Special Procedures for APO/FPO/DPO Ballots RTF

APO/FPO Ballot Procedures ›

Election Mail® Program Kit

  • Tag 191 Fact Sheet and Sample Tag – Information and guidelines to help your Election Mail get higher visibility during processing. PDF | RTF
  • IMb Tracing® Fact Sheet – A rundown of what IMb Tracing is and how you can benefit. PDF | RTF
  • Steps to Creating an IMb Fact Sheet – Learn how to create your own IMb to track ballots while in the mail stream and more. PDF | RTF
  • Special Procedures APO/FPO Fact Sheet – Tips to ensure absentee ballots reach military personnel who are currently overseas. PDF | RTF
  • Election Mail Fact Sheet – Overview of the many benefits of using mail during the election process. PDF | RTF
  • User’s Guide Brochure – Contains information that election officials must consider before mailing Election Mail. PDF | HTML
  • Graphic Guidelines & Logo Brochure – Learn proper usage of the Official Election Mail logo for inclusion on mailpieces. PDF | HTML

Browse additional Election Mail Resources ›