USPS Facility In MD Sat On 68K Pieces Of Election Mail For 5 Days Amid Primary
According to The Baltimore Sun, an audit of the U.S. Postal Service’s performance during primary season this year found that “68,000 pieces of political mail sat untouched at a Baltimore mail processing facility for five days ahead of the June 2 primary.”
- The audit does not specify what type of political mail the pieces were, according to the report, but says they “sat unprocessed” for five days before facility management discovered them. The pieces were mailed on May 12.
- “Baltimore was in the midst of several contentious political races at the time, including mayor, comptroller and City Council president,” The Sun reported, adding, “Numerous candidates for those offices spent thousands of dollars on campaign mailers in an attempt to sway voters in the close election.”
- Ballots were also being mailed to voters at that time, but they were not part among the delayed pieces of mail, the audit explicitly states.
- The Sun wrote that “The evaluation was performed by the Postal Service’s Inspector General in an effort to look for improvements that can be made ahead of the November election.”
- The audit examined seven postal service areas across the country, “including Baltimore; Brooklyn, New York; Charleston, West Virginia; and Portland, Oregon.”
The Postal Service has been under intense criticism from Democrats across the country who fear disinvestment in the agency could create problems with what is expected to be a largely vote-by-mail election this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Widespread delays have already been reported with Postal Service deliveries — including in the Baltimore area — as a result of cost-cutting measures and the leadership change at the system’s helm. Earlier this year, new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy imposed significant overtime restrictions for employees of the service, which has long lost money.