What does the US Postal Service have to say about using "Informed Delivery" to track mail-in ballots?
Posted: Sun, Nov 18, 2018 5:31 PM
A U.S. Postal Service spokesperson says it's not possible to use the Post Office's "Informed Delivery" service to track mail-in ballots.
The spokesperson from the USPS's Minneapolis offices says the "Informed Delivery" feature--a free service of the Post Office which tracks receipt of mail--is available to only to residential consumers and eligible personal Post Office Box addresses.
That means County Auditors in Iowa could not use the service as a way of tracking when mail-in ballots were processed by the Post Office. Furthermore, "Informed Delivery" scans cannot be accessed by anyone other than the recipient, so it's not possible for a third party to view the scanned images.
"Informed Delivery" is a system which informs a mail recipient which mail they are getting. While some Winneshiek County residents had suggested the system would be a way to resolve the issue of when mail-in ballots were mailed, the USPS spokesperson says that is NOT the case.