Sunday, 24 January, 2021


Postal Service: Blame Congress for cuts, not Trump

Postmaster General Louis De Joy testifies during a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee US House debates changes in postal law in run-up to polls
Kristine Garrett | 28 August, 2020, 15:40

"Keep the pressure on our politicians to fund the post office". They held signs reading "Save the Post Office" while hundreds of drivers passing by during rush hour honked their horns and shouted approval. "The post office has run the way it's been run forever".

The court filing is an escalation in a conflict over federal funding for the postal service, long considered a cornerstone of American democracy.

There's no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the United States, which Trump surely knows, but he's used his attack on voting by mail as a campaign tactic to strategically suppress votes in places where he sees his second-term chances as less likely. During remarks in North Carolina, he claimed that Democrats lawmakers were "using COVID to defraud the American people". In an interview with the PBS NewsHour, he said "When you talk to election officials, you know, Republicans, Democrats across the country, people that this is their job and this is what they do - they have trust in this system".

Other studies have also concluded there is no partisan impact from mail-in voting, with Stanford researchers having concluded in a paper earlier this year that such systems do not seem to impact either party's share of turnout or vote share, but "modestly increases overall average turnout rates".

Hovland noted that the mail volume the USPS successfully handles around the holidays each year far exceeds the additional ballots expected for the election, and that it's less an issue of whether the postal service can handle the mail volume and more about whether ballots will arrive on time.

In recent days, the President had become increasingly isolated in his unfounded and venomous takedown of the USPS.

"Much of the financial crisis at the USPS Is due to the interference of big money politicians and President Trump's appointment of Louis DeJoy as the Postmaster General".

Facing widespread criticism, DeJoy, a fundraiser for the Republican Party, last week announced he would suspend postal reforms, blamed for delays in delivery, in the months leading up to the election, assuring Congress that allegations the changes were meant to sabotage the election were "outrageous".

"I have to tell you, that if you go with this universal mail-in. tens of millions of ballots being sent to everybody and their dogs, dogs are getting them, okay?"

A coalition of voting rights groups is joining Ohio Democrats in suing the state's election chief, seeking to force an expansion of ballot drop boxes ahead of the November election.

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