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To: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy
NEW: Trump-approved postmaster general's policies could delay mail-in ballots
Postmaster general Louis DeJoy unveiled drastic new directives that could bring the USPS to a grinding halt, destroying customers’ confidence in the agency -- and putting our right to vote by mail in jeopardy.
DeJoy must immediately reverse these harmful changes and ensure that everyday Americans have a strong, reliable Postal Service that they can depend on during elections.
Why is this important?
The United States Postal Service offers crucial services for Americans nationwide -- including enabling millions to vote safely from home this year. But if Trump’s new postmaster general gets his way, the agency will become so overburdened that it can no longer reliably provide these services.
That means voters' ability to cast an absentee ballot during this pandemic will be limited -- potentially disenfranchising countless Americans in November, or forcing them to risk their health at the polls.
Since the Postal Service’s founding, USPS workers have been committed to ensuring that every piece of mail gets delivered in a timely, reliable fashion -- and that the mail is picked up from every address every day, even despite staffing shortages.
But DeJoy -- a Trump mega-donor with no previous USPS experience -- just implemented extreme new regulations that will inhibit postal workers’ ability to do their jobs. He is eliminating all overtime, cutting all extra trips, and directly instructing mail carriers to leave mail behind at distribution centers -- if delivering it might extend their hours.
This will lead to serious delivery delays of everything from life-saving medications to vote-by-mail ballots and 2020 Census forms. And it’s particularly dangerous as we get closer to Election Day -- when there will be a substantial increase in vote-by-mail usage across the country, straining the Postal Service’s now artificially limited capacity.
DeJoy claims these changes will cut costs -- but more likely, they’ll put the already beleaguered agency in even deeper financial peril, while also crushing customers’ confidence in the USPS. Instead, our senators need to step up for the Postal Service and follow the House’s lead in passing crucial funding to save it.
Right now, we need a massive outcry directed at DeJoy from everyday Americans who rely on the Postal Service. Add your name today.