The Vote is in the Mail

Denver P&DC Dock Supervisor Dzung Nguyen verifies a tray that holds just a few of the 3.5 million ballots mailed in Colorado’s first all-mail ballot election.

Denver P&DC Dock Supervisor Dzung Nguyen verifies a tray that holds just a few of the 3.5 million ballots mailed in Colorado’s first all-mail ballot election.

Mail acceptance, processing and distribution, transportation and delivery units across the nation have seen an influx of political mail over the last several weeks. For Colorado operations, there’s an additional piece of mail in every registered voter’s mailbox – a ballot.

A recent change in state law eliminated traditional polling places and instead turned to the United States Postal Service to deliver and return ballots.

Over a five-day period, 64 Colorado counties entered more than 3.5 million ballots in the mail. Colorado/Wyoming Election Mail Coordinator Donna Walker was tasked with coordinating with counties, printers, mail acceptance units, and mail processing personnel.

“I’m thrilled that the process went so smoothly,” she said. “The only problems we had were with printers or vendors. Nothing internal.”

Voter Records Manager Amanda Beach of the City and County of Denver was involved in the planning and mailing of nearly 350,000 ballots from her jurisdiction. Using Intelligent Mail barcodes, they tracked their ballots through the distribution process.

“All ZIP Codes were processed by USPS at 100 percent,” she said in a note to the District manager. “Thank you so much for all of your support in this delivery.”

Adams County Clerk and Recorder Karen Long said, “We appreciate the attention and detail you gave our ballots. Together, we will succeed with the mail ballot delivery system to distribute our voter’s ballots.”

You Can Make a Difference in the Lives of Others

Wendy Reinholz

Everyone has a chance to make a difference in the lives of others, and it doesn’t require herculean effort to be a positive influence. Molt, MT, Postmaster Wendy Reinholz had the benefit of many helpful individuals willing to help her succeed in her job as a new employee with the Postal Service.

The following is her story.

“I came to my position in a non-traditional way. I was hired in July 2013 as a PSE for the Molt, MT, unit. While I was in my new employee orientation in August the position of Postmaster was posted. I was hired as Postmaster after never having worked a single day, except for the training. I became the Postmaster effective September 26, 2013.

“I am extremely proud to be part of this organization. I work in a Post Office in the middle of miles and miles of wheat fields and cattle. It is a unique situation and not suitable for everyone. I love that i learn something new every day. I know that I can most likely find an answer and usually it’s only a phone call away. Every single person I have asked a question of has been willing to answer my question and pass along their own experiences and knowledge. I have been encouraged to call anytime, have been given guidance and advice and have often been given the tools to help me figure things out on my own. I appreciate the confidence and support I have received from the very first day.

“There are so many parts of this job and I still feel like there are questions I didn’t even know to ask. Each day is a challenge and an opportunity. All new employees need to know that help is just a phone call away. If we don’t have an answer right then, we can find out where to find it; don’t be afraid to ask the question!”

Postmasters Run in the Martinez Family

Melissa Waterman, Josh Martinez, Joe Martinez and Matt Martinez.

Melissa Waterman, Josh Martinez, Joe Martinez and Matt Martinez.

When Josh Martinez was recently named Postmaster at Annandale, MN, the appointment came with what may be a unique opportunity.

Josh, along with his brother Matt (Gibbon, MN) and sister Melissa Waterman (Rockford, MN) took the oath of office administered by their father, retired Tomah, WI, Postmaster Joe Martinez.

Joe says that he always encouraged his children to at least consider a postal career and especially encouraged them to look at management opportunities because “that’s where you can put what you’ve learned as a craft employee to work, to really make a difference.” To see where his three kids are today was a special moment for the proud dad.

“A real once in a lifetime opportunity,” he said. “To be able to swear in my three kids, I could hardly believe it.”

In addition, Matt’s wife Kimberly is Postmaster in Gaylord, MN, and Melissa’s late husband, Tim Waterman, was Postmaster at Maple Grove, MN. “We’re just one, big, happy postal family,” Kimberly Martinez says.

Summer Vacation Photos

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Wheaton, MO, Postmaster Markeeta Harvey and her husband had the opportunity visit Duluth, MN, for a vacation in September. On the way back, they stopped in the town of Wabasha, MN, where local residents celebrated “SeptOberfest.”

Unique decorations were displayed across town, including wheat stalks made with plastic water bottles and eagles made from pumpkins & squash that adorned the National Eagle Center.

“We were able to enjoy a presentation about eagles and the rescued eagles they have there,” said Harvey. ”They brought one of the rescued eagles in for us to observe them feeding it. The view of the Mississippi River was grand! I had the opportunity to stop in and mail a package from the post office there and it was a very nice place.”

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Summer Vacation Photos

A Post Office exhibit inside a museum at Crazy Horse National Monument, SD.

A Post Office exhibit inside a museum at Crazy Horse National Monument, SD.

During her summer vacation, Phoenix, AZ, City Carrier Chris James visited a variety of locations across the Western Area with her husband.

Besides the panoramic views of majestic landscapes throughout the land, James also took the opportunity to visit many interesting and historic postal-related locations.

A mail coach located inside the "Days of '76" Museum, Deadwood, SD.

A mail coach located inside the “Days of ’76” Museum, Deadwood, SD.

Outgoing mailbox located at The View Hotel in Monument Valley, AZ, the only hotel located inside the Tribal Park. All views face east with views of the Mittens Buttes.

Outgoing mailbox located at The View Hotel in Monument Valley, AZ, the only hotel located inside the Tribal Park. All views face east with views of the Mittens Buttes.

Outgoing box at the 76,000 square foot Wall Drug Store in Wall, SD.

Outgoing box at the 76,000 square foot Wall Drug Store in Wall, SD.

A "mile high" mailbox located near Custer State Park, Black Hills, SD.

A “mile high” mailbox located near Custer State Park, Black Hills, SD.

Summer Vacation Photos

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In the photo above, Sioux Falls, SD, Operations Support Specialist Keith Young along with his wife Carol and daughter Jessica visited Glacier National Park and went horseback riding up sleeping man mountain during the 4th of July week.

In the photo below, Seattle District Operations Program Specialist Steve Arstad and wife spotted this interesting tree on the side of Highway 395 in California while returning home from a driving trip to Reno. There was no explanation for the shoes at the site.

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Summer Vacation Photos

Customer Service Programs Manager Julie Jeffrey at Cape Elizabeth, ME.

Customer Service Programs Manager Julie Jeffrey at Cape Elizabeth, ME.

This photo collection was snapped by Central Plains Delivery and Customer Service Programs Manager Julie Jeffrey at Cape Elizabeth, ME. She and her husband enjoyed picturesque sightseeing, whale watching, sailing and sea food.

“Breathtaking view and I especially like the colors reflected by the sun on the building and in the clouds,” said Julie.

The experience was an inspiring one, and Julie highly recommends adding Maine to anyone’s bucket list.

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Summer Vacation Photos

Jordan, MN, Postmaster Karen Keller on her recent trip to Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, CO.

Jordan, MN, Postmaster Karen Keller on her recent trip to Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, CO.

Hello all, Benny here.

I received some amazing photos many of you took during your vacations this summer, and I wanted to share some of these beautiful scenes with you.

The images here are from Jordan, MN, Postmaster Karen Keller during her journey to Colorado Springs, CO. I think they’re fabulous and show some of the true beauty this nation has to offer.

I’ll post more photos during the next few days. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

 

Benny

Keller also visited Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO.

Keller also visited Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO.

 

 

75 Years of Heroism

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For 75 years, Batman has protected Gotham City from the forces of evil. Since his debut, he has become one of the most iconic super heroes in history. This year, the U.S. Postal Service chronicles the evolution of the character, from his origins to present day.

This new stamp issuance showcases eight unique designs in a sheet of 20 stamps. Four versions of the DC Comics superhero are depicted from four eras of comic book history. In addition, there are four incarnations of the Bat-Signal.

The Batman Forever stamp set is now available by clicking here or by going to usps.com.

Happy Columbus Day!

Columbus 2014

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