Memo Shows USPS Chief Has Slowed Delivery Amid Calls For Expanded Mail-In Voting

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USPS cost-cutting measures resulting in slower deliveries creates concerns over delays for mail-in voting

Newly appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy issued a memo this week ordering cost-cutting changes that result in slower deliveries, which comes as many call to expand voting by mail, according to Salon.

  • In an internal document titled "New PMG's [Postmaster General's] expectations and plan," which was obtained by The Washington Post and verified by the American Postal Workers Union, one guideline states:

"If the plants run late, they will keep the mail for the next day."

  • Salon noted that “Carriers do not typically leave mail behind, often making multiple trips under heavy loads to get letters and packages to marked recipients as soon as possible.”
  • Vote-by-mail advocates say that slow deliveries will present a problem for mail-in ballots as it will create delays and confusion surrounding the vote count.
  • MJ Hegar, the recently declared winner of the Democratic Senate primary in Texas, spoke about the new guidance:

"The people in power are trying to keep voter turnout low, and they're hoping that fear keeps us from exercising our constitutional right to vote so they can stay in power. But they have another thing coming. We are going to keep fighting to allow Texans to vote by mail and ensure Texans don't have to choose between exercising their constitutional right to vote and public health.”

  • A USPS spokesperson spoke out about the concerns, saying that the agency’s "current financial condition is not going to impact our ability to deliver election and political mail this year."
  • Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, the ranking Democrat on the Republican-led Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, which conducts oversight of the USPS, told Salon:

“The Postal Service is a critical lifeline for our communities. Millions of Americans depend on the Postal Service to deliver prescription drugs and supplies to seniors, help small businesses stay connected with their customers, exercise the fundamental right to vote and ship the goods families need at home – no matter where they live.

"The Postal Service should not slow down mail or compromise service in any way, especially during this crisis. I am concerned Postal Service leadership is prioritizing cost-cutting over customer service, and I am conducting oversight of their actions."

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