It was even more glaring in the final days before last Tuesday’s primary election. Customers of the Broadway post office were reporting a curious schedule at the Capitol Hill United States Postal Service facility. People trying to mail packages or drop off their ballots were finding the Broadway/Denny post office shuttered in the middle of the day for a 90-minute lunch break. Here is one report sent to CHS:
Just got back from trying to mail my ballot at the Broadway post office and the doors were locked with a small crowd outside trying to gain entry and there were post office employees at the location. No explanation or sign on the door. A bit concerning as its an election cycle this week.
We asked USPS what was going on. Turns out, there was, indeed, something fishy about that schedule. A USPS spokesperson has sent this clarification and apology about the situation:
Post Offices in small rural areas often do close at lunch time because of staffing levels. However, that is not the case in metropolitan areas, such as the City of Seattle. The closure of the Broadway Station was not scheduled and was a mistake. Steps have been taken to be sure it does not happen again. We do apologize to those customers who were inconvenienced as a result of this error.
“The closure should not have had an effect on the mailing of election ballots,” the spokesperson said. “Customers only needed to drop them in a collection box to ensure that they got that day’s postmark.”
The spokesperson said he could not discuss if any employees faced disciplinary action over the closures.
USPS is currently searching for a new home for its Broadway post office as the current building is slated for demolition as part of a planned new mixed-use development.