Former Texas Postal Employee Sent to Prison for Soliciting Bribes During Election

McALLEN, Texas – A former U.S. Postal Service (USPS) carrier has been ordered to federal prison for receiving bribe money in exchange for providing addresses of postal ballot recipients, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Noe Olvera, a 44-year-old resident of Mission, pleaded guilty March 7, 2017, admitting he accepted $1,000 for providing the addresses […]

USPS Employees praised for role in election

Delivering democracy Postal Service employees across the nation are expressing pride in the important role the mail played in this year’s elections. USPS has delivered more than 276 million pieces of Election Mail, including ballots, registration information and voters’ guides. Several states are reporting record numbers of vote-by-mail ballots. “People depend on us,” said Berwyn, […]

10 races federal employees should watch on election day

The federal civil service was created to operate independently of the political class and smoothly in spite of the upheaval caused by elections. In practice, lawmakers control just about every aspect of federal employees’ jobs. The day-to-day functions of federal workers remain largely without political influence, but from pay to agency budgets, lawmakers impact the […]

USPS to Postal Employees: Election season is coming; get to know the Hatch Act

Not at the office During the upcoming election season, remember to review provisions of the Hatch Act. It applies to all postal employees — including telecommuters. The Hatch Act prohibits employees from engaging in political activity while on duty, in any government office, wearing an official uniform or using a government vehicle. That means no […]

USPS Mailing Standards revision requires balloting materials to show postage must be paid

Effective October 7, 2013, the Postal Service™ will revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) 703.8 to require that the balloting materials for all types of ballots, whether disseminated in hardcopy or electronically, must indicate in a prominent location the proper amount of First-Class Mail® postage that must be […]

APWU Ballots Lost In the Mail

The union that represents some postal workers had to extend elections and offer replacement ballots after the originals were apparently lost in the mail. The American Postal Workers Union of the AFL-CIO gave a Thursday deadline for union members to request replacement ballots for the election of union officers. My Fox NY