The U.S. presidential election will be held on November 3, and this is not a federal holiday. Since the postal delivery services usually only observe federal holidays, the postal services will work on Tuesday as usual.
However, with millions of Americans voting by mail in the presidential election, and given the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on the postal service, many will wonder if their mail will be affected by Election Day.
The United States Postal Services (USPS) has faced delays and slower delivery times in some areas of the United States. Despite the challenges facing the service, the USPS says that mail is still being picked up and delivered.
Kristin Seaver, Chief Retail and Delivery Officer of the Postal Service, said in a statement on October 29: “With increasing volumes of both letters and packages and external challenges, the Postal Service is moving.
“The Postal Service continues to take extraordinary measures to drive and accelerate the delivery of the nation’s ballots. These efforts include additional collections, additional deliveries and delivery units that make regular Sunday collections.
“From now until Sunday, local delivery personnel will stop at each outgoing mailbox, including the ballots, and check it.
Despite these challenges and delays, postal services will generally operate as normal on election day, November 3, 2020. However, there may be delays in postal services due to circumstances other than election day.
Postal Holidays 2020
The postal services will usually not run on federal holidays or only with limited services, but since election day is not a federal holiday, the postal services will run as usual.
Although Election Day is not a federal holiday, it is a state holiday for certain states, including Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and West Virginia.
Although USPS, UPS and FedEx will operate normally on Election Day, postal delivery services will be affected by the upcoming holiday season.
USPS Services on Election Day
The USPS will compete on election day as usual, but will take into account the upcoming federal holidays: Veterans Day on November 11, Thanksgiving Day on November 26 and Christmas Day on December 25.
UPS Services on Election Day
UPS will also offer its service on Election Day, but the upcoming UPS holidays this year are Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. On New Year’s Eve, December 31, there will be no postal delivery service, but UPS stores will be open.
FedEx Services on Election Day
FedEx does not consider election day as a holiday, so its services will run. FedEx will observe Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, so all services will be closed on these holidays except FedEx Custom Critical. Other services, including FedEx Express and Ground, will also be closed or operate a modified service on November 28 and 29 and December 26 and 27.