In preparation for this year’s general election, U.S. Postal Service employees will contact some 3,000 county election offices throughout the country to coordinate mailing of overseas absentee ballots. Once the initial ballots are prepared for mailing, local post offices will send them via overnight Express Mail to the three military gateways (San Francisco, Miami and New York). The post offices will mail successive groups of ballots to military gateways daily. USPS will determine the number of ballots per location at the gateways, sort them by destination, and place them in containers specially marked for visibility and priority. DoD’s Military Postal System will then give the ballots priority handling for delivery overseas, will ensure they receive a proper, legible postmark upon return, and will place them in easily identifiable containers. The ballots will then receive priority processing for delivery back to county election officials.