The postal vote of 2.46 million votes for this election will force Correos to continue his formidable work, this time to bring all these votes to the corresponding polling stations scattered throughout the Spanish territory.
To that end, Curios has created a special Sunday logistics deployment, which will be staffed by up to 14,000 company employees, to ensure the correct operation of mail-in voting and final count collection on this election day.
Postal voting broke all records in this election, surpassing the 81% highest number to date, in the 2016 general election.
Specifically, the General Postal Company’s delivery, office and processing center staff will take part in the conference, while also mobilizing all the necessary vehicles from its fleet.
When the polling stations open, a first team of company employees will deliver the votes in custody at 60,314 polling stations distributed in 22,562 polling stations in 8,131 municipalities in Spain.
Another group of employees will deliver the votes to the polling stations by mail that can be picked up during the day. Finally, another team will collect a so-called “third envelope,” with the final result of the audit, from polling stations at each polling station in the country.
For this election, Correos has implemented more than 21,000 relay contracts, both for offices and to deliver shipments and essential tasks in logistics centers, opening offices in an unusual fashion on Saturdays and Sundays, extending customer service hours to 10:00 p.m. in 654 offices across the country, opening on local holidays and extending hours throughout the network, especially in tourist areas where there has been a greater influx.
All of this translated into 2,622,808 mail-in vote requests, a historic record, which resulted in 2.47 million votes, the highest number in the entire democratic period in Spain. Only 150,873 people who applied to vote by mail did not vote.
In this sense, Curios details that the difference between applications and accepted votes amounted to 5.8%, the lowest recorded in all electoral processes (7.8% in April 2019; 6.6% in June 2016, and an average of 7.3% given the general elections held since 2008).
Distribution of census cards
Other tasks assigned to Correos include distributing census registration cards and election publicity shipments, as well as communicating with members of electoral commissions, sending census lists to town halls or collecting documents on election day.
In doing so, the company distributed 35.14 million census cards sent by the National Institute of Statistics to the homes of citizens with the right to vote on July 23, which contain their enrollment data in the census, as well as the corresponding school and polling station. It also distributed electoral propaganda shipments to the various parties and coalitions participating in the elections.
“In short, since the call to the general elections on July 23, Correos has adopted all the necessary organizational measures to ensure compliance with the obligations entrusted to it during the electoral processes. The Public Postal Company has put in place and will continue to put all its technological, logistical and human resources to ensure that citizens fully exercise their right to vote,” says the public company.