Postal Employees Say Mail Sorting Machines In Phoenix Are Being Unplugged

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Postal employees in Phoenix say at least three mail sorting machines have been taken offline.

According to The Arizona Republic, U.S. Postal Service employees report that at least three mail sorting machines at the Phoenix Processing and Distribution facility on Van Buren Street have been taken out of service.

  • The workers report that “the letter sorting machines were taken offline and disconnected electrically in the last two weeks, and that more are scheduled to be decommissioned.”
  • The Republic’s EJ Montini received photos of the machines and reported that the individual who sent them indicated that the power supply was disconnected.
  • Asked for comment about shut down machines, a USPS spokesperson told Montini: “I’m not sure about individual machines ... The Postal Service routinely moves equipment around its network as necessary to match changing mail and package volumes. Package volume is up, but mail volume continues to decline. Adapting our processing infrastructure to the current volumes will ensure more efficient, cost effective operations and better service for our customers.”
  • Montini noted that as many as 80 percent of Arizona voters cast their ballots by mail.

The report is but one of many from across the U.S. indicating that mail processing equipment is being dismantled, removed or otherwise taken out of service.

On Tuesday, following public outcry, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said he would pause the practice leading up to the November election, in which “officials expect a record number of voters will cast ballots by mail” due to the pandemic.

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