The Postal Service could both generate revenue and help voter turnout by working with states to promote mail-in voting, says an Aug. 4 USPS inspector general report. Although traditional poll voting is still the most popular method, the report (pdf) says, voting by mail is increasing across broad segments of the American electorate. In the 2014 midterm federal election, 25 percent of voters cast ballots by mail — an increase of 3.5 percent over the 2012 presidential election.
Every state allows voting by mail via absentee ballot under certain circumstances, IG says. More than half of states
allow any registered voter to vote by mail via absentee ballot without an excuse, and Colorado, Oregon and Washington conduct elections entirely by mail.
The Postal Service could take advantage of this and make some money while doing a good thing.