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Postmaster Says Election Mail Will Be Delivered Despite Cuts

What Happened:

  • New Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified before a Senate Committee Friday to discuss mail delays and the USPS. In the hearing, DeJoy stated that it was his “sacred duty” that election ballots arrive on time.

  • DeJoy added that the Postal Service “is fully capable and committed to delivering the nation’s election mail securely and on-time” but admitted that he did not yet have a plan for handling the enormous volume of election mail.

  • DeJoy has received much criticism since he was appointed to the position by President Trump. Since he took over, the USPS has been experiencing record delays, equipment shut-downs, new prices and cutbacks. DeJoy testified today that he has no plans to restore the cuts he's made, however, after much public outcry, he did state a few days ago that no additional changes would be made until after the election.

  • Many Trump opposition leaders have stated that the president is purposely trying to manipulate the post office for political gain, specifically by limiting mail-in voting.

  • The USPS itself sent warning letters to multiple States last week saying that current lags in mail delivery may result in voters ballots not getting back to election offices in time.

  • Amid growing concerns that budgetary constraints and new leadership will result in the USPS being unable to deliver ballots properly for the upcoming election, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) called the House back into session from summer recess to vote on a postal bill. The vote, which is expected to happen Saturday, will block postal cutbacks and funnel $25 billion to shore up operations. DeJoy is expected to testify before the House on Monday.

  • President Trump has publicly stated he opposes mail-in voting and has opposed giving additional funding to the USPS saying that doing so would allow increased mail-in voting.

  • Mail-in voting has become a much more popular option during the pandemic and polls show that Democrats plan to take advantage of mail-in voting at a higher rate than Republicans

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