The USPS late last month sent letters to as many as 46 states and the District of Columbia, notifying them of possible delays in the delivery of mail-in ballots, potentially resulting in those votes failing to be counted on the November 3 Election Day.
As concerns mount over the USPS' ability to handle the expected surge in ballots, states are working to ensure their residents' votes count.
UnderPostmaster General Louis DeJoy's administration, the USPS has slowed delivery, removed high-speed letter sorters from commission and issued a stark warning to election officials that mail-in ballots will no longer automatically be moved as priority mail.
Stephen Brooks, American Postal Workers' Union National director for support services division, says they've been directed to let mail sit instead of stay and work overtime.
"Can you imagine if we had a presidential election that went on for weeks and weeks and months and months without a decision just because we have all this litigation and say, well, we've got to wait another week for ballots?"
Kim Wyman, the Republican secretary of state in Washington state, where all voting is by mail, said sending fall ballot material to millions of voters there is a "routine operation of the US Postal Service". But President Donald Trump has baselessly excoriated mail ballots as fraudulent, anxious that an increase could cost him the election.
Trump and a number of prominent Republicans have pushed false conspiracy theories about the security of voting by mail, only to be revealed later as having cast mail-in ballots themselves.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends mail ballots as a way to vote without risking exposure to the virus at the polls. Now with these changes at USPS in the name of cost-cutting to contain losses at the agency, Trump's loyal is making the ground ready for private companies to take over the delivery system and mint money with every package or mail delivered.
I called Speaker Pelosi today and asked her to call the House back into session immediately to deal with the crisis at the post office.
It's also acute when the president has said openly he wants to limit votes by his rivals by keeping them from voting by mail.
But the president's critics were not appeased, contending that Trump has made the calculation that a lower voter turnout would improve his chances of winning a second term.
A Democratic congressional aide confirmed a Politico report that Pelosi could call back the U.S. House later this month, well ahead of the scheduled resumption of votes in mid-September.
"Put the postal funding in there". 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.