Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Closing a Post Office or processing plant has always caused blowback on Capital Hill. The following two maps show where the Post Offices under study for closure and the results of the 2010 Congressional election using the traditional red for districts that elected a Republican and Blue for Congressman that elected a Democrat. The two maps show that most of the Post Offices on the closure list that fall outside of the large metro areas are located in districts represented by Republican. (Districts in urban areas are too compact to tell whether they are represented by a Democrat or Republican.)
Looking at voting results in the 2008 Presidential election by county developed by the Los Angeles Times further suggests that the closure of Post Offices in rural counties will generally vote Republican even in years that Democrats do particularly well. Therefore, the voters who will be most upset about closing Post Offices in rural areas will bethose who regularly vote for Republican candidates. It should be interesting to see how this influences the shape of future reforms of the Postal Service. In addition, the fate of rural postal services could become an issue in the Republican Presidential primaries, especially in Iowa which has so many Post Offices on the list.