USPS performance data unreliable, Vice News says

By: - November 4, 2020 12:11 pm

You might see a tweet floating around about unsent mail-in ballots, citing United States Postal Service data.

Don’t buy it.

According to Vice, which have covered the U.S. Postal Service extensively in the last few months, the data USPS shared in federal court has “little to no analytical value and should not be considered a reliable indicator of performance.”

“None of this is to argue every single ballot has been handled properly by the USPS,” wrote Vice’s Aaron Gordon. “I’m sure many of us have heard anecdotes of people who never received their ballots, and Postmaster General Lous DeJoy’s policies that tanked USPS reliability only added to the concern. But the question facing the USPS this election cycle was whether it would have any systematic, widespread screw-ups beyond the anecdotal.”

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Stephen Caruso
Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is a former senior reporter with Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Before working with the Capital-Star he covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter.