USA postal slowdown sparks claims of plot to undermine November presidential election

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 16, 2020

The Democratic opposition has sharply condemned Mr Trump's statements, with some lawmakers claiming that the president is plotting to snarl the post office to undermine voting, create uncertainty and win a second term. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., tweeted with a copy of his letter to the AG. The Republican president worries that mail-in voting could cost him reelection.

USPS on Friday sent a warning to all 50 states saying it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail will arrive in time to be counted, even if mailed by state deadlines, raising the possibility that millions of voters could be disenfranchised.

"He wants to make the post office great again", Trump said, playing off his 2016 campaign slogan.

"They need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots", Trump said in an interview with Fox Business's Maria Bartiromo.

For millions, mail-in voting is the only safe choice amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 168,000 Americans since March.

United Parcel Service and FedEx on Friday shot down social media calls that they step in to deliver mail-in ballots from USPS, which is warning states of potentially "significant" delays. A recent court order in his state already changed the rules for this year's election, allowing voters in the state to mail their ballots all the way through Election Day and extending the delivery timeframe for up to seven days thereafter. "That implies they are unable to have universal mail-in voting, they just can't have it". The states run elections, not the Postal Service.

And Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said that she has asked her state's attorney general to investigate changes to the postal system, coupled with Trump's recent comments.

"What we've seen, in a way that is unique to modern political history, is a president who is explicit in trying to discourage people from voting", Obama said. It should be made up of independent prosecutors who look at those who enabled a corrupt president. "Nice of the president to openly announce he's trying to sabotage the election", New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie added. "#SaveThePostOffice", U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., tweeted.

The Democratic party has presented a coronavirus relief bill that includes a $25b injection into the postal service, but Trump has insisted that he will not accept the bill in its current form.

That led Pelosi on Saturday to float calling the House back into session to take up postal legislation.

"I've heard some people say they think that the reason the president doesn't want people to vote by mail is that polls show that people who want to vote by mail tend to vote for Vice President Biden".

Voters can also track their ballots online like they would with any package.

"Consequently, all of us must do whatever we can right now to protect the integrity of our elections", Pascrell wrote.

"The postmaster general and top Postal Service leadership must answer to the Congress and the American people as to why they are pushing these unsafe new policies that threaten to silence the voices of millions, just months before the election", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Oversight Chair Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen.

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