Oregon and Other States Mail Service Outsourced?

The following story is from the Beaverton Valley Times in Oregon:

http://www.beavertonvalleytimes.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=117338963285059600

Across the U.S., the Postal Service is experimenting with hiring cut-rate private contractors to deliver your mail. Local postmasters who once had the authority to approve new addresses for delivery service must now get approval from higher-ups. Here in Washington County, mail service for 374 new addresses in the Arbor Park development near Bethany are slated to be contracted out. Additional addresses are being contracted out near Orenco Station.

 I have been learning a lot about Oregon’s system lately, but this was news to me. It’s an interesting new question, are mail ballots handled separetly if your mail system has been privatized?