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Mail Service Deteriorated After Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s Arrival, Watchdog Found - WSJ
A dramatic and lasting slowdown in mail delivery flowed from actions that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy initiated or which were accelerated after he took office in June, according to an analysis by the U.S. Postal Service’s watchdog.
Oct 21, 2020, Wed
Sep 29, 2020, Tue
USPS Workers Quietly Resist DeJoy’s Changes With Eye On Election - The Washington Post
Many USPS employees workers see recent cost-cutting changes that have slowed mail delivery as violating the spirit, if not the letter, of that law.
Sep 24, 2020, Thu
Republican Senator Proposes A Bill That Would Make It Illegal To Count Votes.
Sen. Rick Scott thinks we should have less than 48 hours to count mail-in ballots.
Sep 17, 2020, Thu
Trump’s War On Mail-in Voting Suffers Setback In Pennsylvania | PBS NewsHour
Lawsuits around voting laws in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and a half-dozen other key states have been overshadowed by President Donald Trump’s frequent verbal attacks on mail-in voting and the United States Postal Service. But the court battles could play a far greater role than the president’s rhetoric in shaping how voters are able to cast their ballots in the middle of a pandemic.
Postmaster Reassures State Officials About Voting By Mail : NPR
The postmaster general spoke to dozens of the nation's top election officials Thursday, ahead of an election season that will see record numbers of mail ballots.
Sep 16, 2020, Wed
Postal Service And State Officials Feud Over Mail Voting As Election Looms - The New York Times
The finger-pointing appears to be a pre-emptive effort to assign blame in the event of election chaos as a record number of Americans are expected to vote by mail because of the pandemic.
Sep 15, 2020, Tue
No Democrats Allowed: A Conservative Lawyer Holds Secret Voter Fraud Meetings With State Election Officials — ProPublica
Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky, whose work about voting fraud has been discredited, has been conducting private meetings for Republicans only.
Sep 14, 2020, Mon
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Aug 30, 2020, Sun
Iowa Judge Voids 50,000 Absentee Ballot Applications, Prompting County To Send New Forms - CNNPolitics
A state judge in Iowa's second-largest county has invalidated more than 50,000 applications for absentee ballots, prompting election officials to re-send applications to thousands of voters because of problems with the original forms.
Aug 29, 2020, Sat
Postal Service Removes Oakland Collection Boxes; Leaders Warn Of Election Interference - SFChronicle.com
The U.S. Postal Service removed six mail collection boxes in Oakland on Friday — a move the USPS said was meant to prevent vandalism during expected demonstrations. Elected leaders, however, accused the agency of attempting to interfere with the presidential election.
Aug 28, 2020, Fri
Aug 26, 2020, Wed
New Dataset Shows History Of GOP Donations From Postmaster General Louis DeJoy
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy history as a GOP donor and fundraiser has raised questions about his motives as USPS sees slowdowns.
Aug 25, 2020, Tue
Aug 24, 2020, Mon
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifying before the House Oversight Committee.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifying before the House Oversight Committee.
Aug 22, 2020, Sat
U.S. House Pass [H.R.8015](https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/8015) - Delivering for America Act
U.S. House Pass H.R.8015 - Delivering for America Act
House Passes Bill To Put $25 Billion Into USPS And Reverse Changes Amid Uproar
Nancy Pelosi called the House back to vote on the USPS bill amid an uproar over mail slowdowns and potential mail-in ballot issues.
House Approves Bill That Blocks Changes At Postal Service Until After The Election : NPR
The bill, which provides $25 billion in aid, was passed in a rare Saturday session and requires the Postal Service to prioritize mail-in ballots this November. It's unlikely to advance in the Senate.
Aug 21, 2020, Fri
6 Takeaways From The Postmaster General's Senate Hearing - CNNPolitics
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy defended the US Postal Service's ability to handle an influx of mail-in ballots this November and downplayed the impact of changes he's made since taking over the Postal Service in June.
U.S. Postmaster General Has 'full Support' Of Board: Source - Reuters
The U.S. Postal Service board of governors plans to announce its "full support" for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters on Friday.
Aug 20, 2020, Thu
Last-Minute Challenges Are Delaying Mail-In Voting In Key Battleground States
In some cases, ballots could be delayed getting to voters.
Why Rural America Is Fighting The Trump Administration On The Post Office : NPR
The agency serves areas where private carriers won't go. And in those remote communities, which helped elect the president, the Postal Service can be seen as a lifeline as well as a human connection.
Utah Passes Election Bill Requiring In-person Voting Options
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators unanimously voted during a special session Thursday in favor of a plan for the November election that includes outdoor voting and additional ballot drop boxes in rural parts of the state.
Aug 19, 2020, Wed
Nancy Pelosi spoke with Postmaster General DeJoy
Nancy Pelosi spoke with Postmaster General DeJoy
Pelosi Statement After Conversation With Postmaster General | Speaker Nancy Pelosi
This morning, I spoke with Postmaster General DeJoy and conveyed to him that his announcement is not a solution and is misleading.
DeJoy's USPS Policy Rollbacks Don't Appear To Change Much
The statement seems more designed to quiet criticism than implement any changes.
Here’s A Deep Dive On 40 Years Of Right-wing Attempts To Destroy The US Postal Service – Raw Story
THE BILLIONAIRE BEHIND EFFORTS TO KILL THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE is a deep dive into how Charles Koch marked the U.S. Postal Service for privatization in the early 1970s and how he is using the Koch empire to push his political agenda to this day, when the postal service is ripe for taking.
Bill Moyers Talks With Lisa Graves About The Ongoing Threat To The US Postal Service – BillMoyers.com
Researcher Lisa Graves tells me how the Koch Brothers and other special interests have been trying to kill the USPS since the 1970s.
Aug 18, 2020, Tue
Susan Collins Engineered The USPS Disaster She’s Now Protesting | Washington Monthly
Trump may be trying to sabotage the election, but the war against the Postal Service goes back decades.
Postal Service Halts Some Operational Changes Amid Outcry
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Postmaster general says he is halting some operational changes until after the November election. Democrats had contended that the changes caused disruptions that threatened mail-in voting, and some states planned to file lawsuits.
Postmaster General To Suspend USPS Changes Until After Election - WSJ
Louis DeJoy said the U.S. Postal Service is suspending operational changes, like removing mail processing equipment and collection boxes, until after the election, as the agency tries to reassure Americans that it can handle the anticipated surge in mail-in voting.
Aug 17, 2020, Mon
Postal Crisis Has States Looking For Alternatives To Mail-In Ballots - The New York Times
A crisis of confidence in the Postal Service is pushing Democratic Party and state officials to look for a Plan B: ballot drop-boxes, curbside voting, and even expanded in-person polling sites.
REPS LIEU AND JEFFRIES URGE FBI INVESTIGATION INTO POSTAL SERVICE OBSTRUCTION | Congressman Ted Lieu
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) urged the FBI to evaluate whether Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, or Members of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service, committed any crimes in light of nationwide delays and issues with the United States Post Office. The letter comes after multiple media reports have shown that actions by Postmaster DeJoy and the Board of Governors have slowed mail delivery, and following the President's expressed dismay that funding USPS will expand voting by mail.
Aug 16, 2020, Sun
Democrats Call On DeJoy To Testify At ‘Urgent’ Aug. 24 Hearing Over USPS Delays
Democrats have accused Trump and Louis DeJoy of weakening the postal service in an effort to interfere in the election.
Aug 15, 2020, Sat
Taylor Swift Speaks Out Against Donald Trump's “Calculated Dismantling Of USPS” | Teen Vogue
“He's chosen to blatantly cheat.”
Pelosi Weighs Bringing House Back Early To Address Postal Service Crisis - POLITICO
The chamber has no votes scheduled until mid-September, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi might bring lawmakers back sooner.
Inside Trump's Obsession With The Postal Service - The Washington Post
The president is trying to make the post office a tool in his reelection campaign by slowing mail service, blocking an emergency infusion of federal funds and challenging the integrity of mail-in balloting.
FedEx And UPS Dismiss Calls To Ship Mail-in Ballots Amid USPS Warnings Of Delays
Private companies are technically barred from handling state ballots.
Aug 14, 2020, Fri
UPS, FedEx Shut Down Calls To Handle Mail-in Ballots, Warn Of 'significant' Problems: Report | TheHill
As concern mounts that the United States Postal Service (USPS) will not be able to handle an influx of mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic, many on social media have called for delivery services FedEx and UPS to step-up. But the companies say they can't.
USPS Inspector General Reviewing DeJoy's Policy Changes | TheHill
The U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) inspector general is reviewing policy changes implemented by new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and probing his compliance with federal ethics rules.
Postal Service Warns States Across US About Mail Voting
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is warning states coast to coast that it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted, even if...
Michigan’s Postal Workers Say The Fix Is In – Mother Jones
As Trump's Postmaster General pushes cuts, union leaders warn "there's no other explanation" aside from vote suppression.
Internal USPS Documents Outline Plans To Hobble Mail Sorting
'This will slow mail processing,' a union official wrote on one of the documents announcing the machine removals.
Aug 13, 2020, Thu
Donald Trump Can Do More Than Attack Post Office Funding. He’s Mounting A Legal War Against Mailed Ballots. | HuffPost
The president's attack on the U.S. Postal Service presages a legal fight to stop absentee ballots from being counted.
Flawed D.C. Board Of Elections Mailer Causes Confusion For Residents - The Washington Post
The D.C. Board of Elections said the form has a “design flaw” and is encouraging voters to disregard an instruction to tear it in half.
Trump Says Postal Service Needs Money For Mail-in Voting, But He’ll Keep Blocking Funding - The Washington Post
Congressional Democrats urged the USPS not to abandon long-standing practices for election mail processing to ensure the timely delivery of ballots.
Postal Service Changes Pose Threat To Voting, Says Former USPS Deputy | US News | The Guardian
Ron Stroman, who stepped down as deputy postmaster general this year, warned that new policies at USPS could disenfranchise voters
Trump-Appointed Judge Demands Evidence Of Mail-in Voting Fraud - Bloomberg
A federal judge appointed by Donald Trump gave the president’s campaign one day to turn over evidence to support its claims of widespread mail-in voting fraud or admit that it doesn’t exist.
Aug 12, 2020, Wed
Ohio Secretary Of State Frank LaRose OKs One Voting Drop Box Per County - News - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
Ohioans will be able to cast absentee ballots in drop boxes at their county boards of elections, but Secretary of State Frank LaRose warned voters against
Maine Letter Carriers Say Collins Paved The Way For Trump’s Attack On Postal Service | Beacon
Years before the Trump administration began instituting cost-cutting measures that has created a national slowdown in mail delivery, Sen. Susan Collins sponsored legislation that Maine letter carriers now say manufactured a financial “crisis” in the U.S. Postal Service that has been used ever since
Financial Disclosures Reveal Postmaster General's Business Entanglements And Likely Conflicts Of Interest, Experts Say - CNNPolitics
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy continues to hold a multimillion-dollar stake in his former company XPO Logistics, a United States Postal Service contractor, likely creating a major conflict of interest, according to newly obtained financial disclosures and ethics experts.
Twitter Plans Clampdown On Mail-in Voting Misinformation Amid Friction With Trump - POLITICO
Twitter said users can expect to see the platform roll out its new election-related policies, tools and resources over the next month.
Pelosi, Maloney Joined By 173 House Democrats In Calling On Postmaster General To Reverse Assault On Postal Service | Speaker Nancy Pelosi
In a new letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and 173 other House Democrats today called for the reversal of policies that have worsened the crisis facing the Postal Service and exacerbated a dramatic increase in delayed and undelivered mail.
Aug 11, 2020, Tue
Ohioans Getting Random Absentee Ballot Applications From 'Center For Voter Information' | WSYX
Central Ohio residents last week began receiving absentee ballot applications in the mail, which they did not request, sent by a group called the "Center for Voter Information. " The Ohio Secretary of State and a spokesman for the Franklin County Board of Elections said this week that the forms "will work" and are "legitimate.
A New Clash Over Mail Voting: The Cost Of The Postage - The New York Times
Senator Chuck Schumer assailed the Postal Service for what he said was an effort to triple the cost to states of sending out mail-in ballots. The service said it was just a suggestion to use first-class mail.
How Are Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's Changes Affecting Workers? : NPR
NPR's Noel King talk to Kimberly Karol, president of the Iowa Postal Workers Union, about changes Postmaster General DeJoy is implementing. Karol, a postal clerk, says mail is piling up in her office.
Postal Workers Decry Changes And Cost-Cutting Measures : NPR
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's plans to shake up the agency are gathering opposition from some of its workers. The U.S. Postal Service has had financial problems for years. It lost $9 billion last year. It's not supported by tax dollars; it's funded by postage and services.
How To Vote By Mail: A Guide To Send In Your Ballot : Life Kit : NPR
If you're planning on voting this fall — which you should be — you can probably mail in your ballot instead of voting in person. Here's how to do that.
Aug 10, 2020, Mon
Georgia Board Approves Online Absentee Ballot Request Portal
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's state election board voted unanimously Monday to authorize the secretary of state to create an online portal for voters to request absentee ballots for the November general election.
Hawaii's First All-mail Primary Produces Turnout Spike - The Fulcrum
Hawaii's first all-mail-in election produced the highest turnout in the state in almost a quarter century, with 51 percent of registered voters casting ballots for Saturday's election.
Aug 09, 2020, Sun
Republican Voter Registration Mailer Goes Out With Wrong Addresses | New Hampshire Public Radio
This post was updated on Aug. 11 with new information from the New Hampshire Attorney General's office. The New Hampshire Republican Party sent mailers out
Connecticut’s Expanded Mail-In Voting System Is Off To Choppy Start - WSJ
Town clerks across Connecticut are anxiously awaiting a flood of absentee ballots in the final days before Tuesday’s primary election.
Aug 08, 2020, Sat
Where’s My Mail? As Baltimore-area Customers Complain Of USPS Delays, Officials Wrangle Over Election Ballot Deadlines - Baltimore Sun
Residents in the Baltimore metro region say they’ve sometimes waited more than a week for important mail and packages as people across the country have been reporting delays with the United States Postal Service.
Trump Exploring Executive Actions To Curb Voting By Mail - POLITICO
Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party have taken to the courts dozens to challenge voting rules. Trump's aides are pondering possible executive actions.
Postal Service Overhauls Leadership As Democrats Press For Investigation Of Mail Delays - The Washington Post
Lawmakers want the inspector general to examine Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s cost-cutting measures and investments.
Aug 07, 2020, Fri
Postal Service Loses $2.2B In 3 Months As Virus Woes Persist
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years.
Postmaster General Accuses Congress Of ‘Sensationalizing’ Mail Delays As Bipartisan Outcry Grows
Multiple Republicans are now raising objections to the Trump ally’s changes to the U.S. Postal Service.
Voting by Mail in the Swing States - FactCheck.org
Six key swing states -- Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin -- are among the 34 states (plus Washington, D.C.) that have “no excuse” absentee or mail-in voting. We'll go through how mail-in voting works in each of them.
Aug 06, 2020, Thu
Hawaii's Homeless Voters Face Hurdles With All-Mail System
In Hawaii and other states, homeless people and the service providers who help them face hurdles when it comes to voting.
Nonprofit Mails 587,638 Erroneous Absentee Ballot Applications To Virginia Voters - Virginia Mercury
A misunderstanding of Virginia's independent cities and counties apparently led a nonprofit voter registration group to mail 587,638 absentee ballot applications to Virginia voters that asked them to send the ballot back to the wrong election office.
Elections Watchdog Says Vote-by-mail System Is 'reliable' — But 'this Is Florida'
"I think we’re in good shape, but I could easily be proven wrong given that this is Florida."
Top Democrats Say Postmaster General Acknowledged New Policies That Workers Say Are Delaying Mail - The Washington Post
The Postal Service had previously played down the changes that employees say have caused days-long backlogs.
More States Are Using Ballot Drop Boxes For Absentee Voters, But The Boxes Are Already Drawing Skepticism - The Washington Post
Critics say states expanding the practice may find the drop boxes are vulnerable to fraud.
Aug 04, 2020, Tue
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Jul 31, 2020, Fri
Here Are the Billionaires Funding Trump’s Voter Suppression Lawsuits – Sludge
Dozens of billionaires have donated to the RNC's legal fund that is being used to fight against expanded access to mail voting.
2020 Election: New USPS Policies That Are Slowing Service May Affect Mail-in Voting, Union Leader Says - CNNPolitics
New, recently implemented US Postal Service procedures -- which have led to delays across the country in mail delivery -- could affect mail-in voting for the November election, a union leader warned.
Jul 29, 2020, Wed
Postal Service Mulls Downsizing: Senator And Union Leader | Time
The U.S. Postal Service is considering closing post offices across the country, sparking concerns for mail-in ballots
Jul 28, 2020, Tue