The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on Monday said it delivered more than 54.4 million mail-in ballots from voters to election officials during the 2022 midterm general election.
Further, the USPS said almost 99% of those mail-in ballots had reached their destination within three days.
The mail-in ballots were delivered between September 6 and December 6—when Georgia voted to reelect Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) in a runoff election.
The USPS said the figure only included mail-in ballots that used correct electronic identifiers and not those that USPS diverted or handled outside normal processes to accelerate delivery.
USPS also delivered more than 51 million mail-in ballots during the 2022 primary season.
Mail-in ballots have been the subject of multiple state lawsuits following the 2020 Presidential election. Further, the 117th Congress’ House Select Committee that investigated the January 6, 2021 insurrection noted in its final report that former President Trump tried to “delegitimize the election process” ahead of Election Day 2020 by suggesting it would be marred by ballot fraud, particularly mail-in ballots.
“The American people can continue to feel confident in using the U.S. mail to fulfill their democratic duty,” Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said on Monday.