Report: At Least 19 Sorting Machines Were Dismantled, Removed In Recent Weeks
United States Postal Service workers report that mail-sorting machines are being removed from processing centers all over the U.S. without any explanation, according to Business Insider.
- So far 19 mail-sorting machines have been dismantled, and an internal letter from the USPS discloses that there’s a plan to remove hundreds of more mail-sorting machines this year.
- This decision is part of a number of sweeping changes implemented by the recently appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who is a major donor to President Trump.
- There are concerns that the removal of mail-sorting machines will have an impact on the upcoming election, as it will affect the processing of mail-in ballots.
Kimberly Karol, the president of the Iowa Postal Workers Union, confirmed that machines were being removed and told NPR in an interview this week that DeJoy's policies were "now affecting the way that we do business and not allowing us to deliver every piece every day."
- Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have written a letter to DeJoy saying that the removal of mail-sorting machines and other cost-cutting measures will "threaten the timely delivery of mail.”
- USPS representative Dave Partenheimer told Business Insider that the idea that the machines were being removed to sabotage the election was false. He added:
"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."
- President Trump has notably attacked the USPS and repeatedly claimed that mail-in voting will lead to voting fraud. He has even gone as far as suggesting that he will withhold funding from the agency to harm mail-in voting:
"They want $25 billion — billion — for the post office. Now they need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots. But if they don't get those two items, that means you can't have universal mail-in voting."