Grant Sarver August 10, 2020

The United States Postal Service is in trouble. A new postmaster general with a disdain for the service is making cuts and delaying mail delivery ahead of a general election with an unprecedented amount of expected mail-in ballots due to the pandemic. 

Debate has broken out on the role of the Postal Service in our society. Some argue that it should be completely privatized while others argue that it is an essential government service and requires more funding. Even though newer, faster technology has replaced some of its original purposes, the mail remains vital to the function of our lives especially in the middle of the pandemic where online shopping is Queen.

The government itself uses the Postal Service and is in constant need of mailing and shipping services. The State of Illinois is requesting bids for printing and mailing services of notices to voters who have requested absentee ballot application but have not returned them. The Secretary of State’s office estimated that there could be between 3 to 5 million notices that need to be mailed out. Bids for this opportunity are due by August 18.


The Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi is seeking proposals for the mailing of annual member statements. Approximately 195,000 statements will need to be printed and postmarked on or before September 30. Three different versions of the statements will need to be produced including multi-page booklets and a two-sided one page format. Bids for this opportunity are due August 17.

Mail may be seen as an outdated and slow form of communication, but it has a tremendous importance to us. It allows us the convenience of not having to leave our homes to participate in consumerism. This year it will even help us communicate who we want to lead us during this pivotal time in our country’s history. The Postal Service is as old as the United States, but it could be in danger.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equality and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.