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Trump Campaign Fails to Show Evidence of Vote-By-Mail Fraud

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 09/09/2020 - 8:38am in

Donald Trump’s campaign failed to produce any evidence of vote-by-mail fraud in Pennsylvania after a federal judge ordered it do so, according to a 524-page court filing obtained by the Guardian. Continue reading

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Postmaster General DeJoy in the Hot Seat

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 26/08/2020 - 7:41am in

On August 24, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy faced tough questioning from the House Oversight Committee. DeJoy has come under fire in recent weeks for cost-cutting measures, such as the removal of hundreds of mail sorting machines, that are causing postal … Continue reading

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Mail Sorting Machines Across America Dismantled Ahead of November Election

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 22/08/2020 - 6:18am in

With little explanation from management, United States Postal Service (USPS) machines are being disassembled across the country. A USPS worker leaked images of a newly decommissioned machine — capable of handling 30,000 pieces of mail per hour — to NBC Montana. Local news outlet KUOW report that 40 percent of the post sorting machines in the Seattle-Tacoma area have been recently dismantled, to the dismay of the local workforce. “It would take a crew of 20 to 30 people hand-sorting the mail all night to do what one of these machines can do in a couple hours…Our infrastructure doesn’t work without these machines,” one worker said. “In our meetings with management, the union has been given no rationale whatsoever,” he added. Newly appointed postmaster general Louis DeJoy also ordered the removal of six huge sorting machines in San Antonio, Texas, and has ended the practice of paying workers overtime to finish delivery rounds, causing long delays. In total, some 671 machines nationwide have been decommissioned.

The gutting of USPS capability comes amid a coronavirus pandemic that has infected at least 5.7 million Americans, claiming the lives of over 177,000, forcing many to rely on the postal service like never before. USPS will also play a critical role in the upcoming presidential election in November, where record numbers of Americans are expected to vote by mail. Indeed, any potential increase in cases might necessitate postal only voting in some areas due to the infectious nature of the virus.

Donald Trump has set his sights on mail-in voting and explicitly stated that he is attempting to undermine the practice. “They want three and a half billion dollars for something that’ll turn out to be fraudulent, that’s election money basically…Now they need that money in order to make the Post Office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” the president said. “But if they don’t get those two items that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting because they’re not equipped to have it,” he added. Trump earlier casually admitted while calling into Fox News that if more people voted “you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.” The president’s words echo those of conservative political activist Paul Weyrich, who in 1980 said that “I don’t want everybody to vote” because GOP “leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi recalled the House from its vacation in order to fight the changes being made to the postal service. DeJoy recently backtracked, agreeing to suspend all further changes until after the election. Yet testifying before the Senate homeland security and governmental affairs committee today, he stated that he would not restore the sorting machines already removed, arguing they were “not needed.”

This has failed to convince many civil rights organizations, including the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the League of Women Voters, Public Citizen and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), who have filed lawsuits against him, claiming that his actions amount to voter disenfranchisement. “As we approach the November election amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical to ensure that every eligible voter has access to reliable mail service. The USPS’ decision to suddenly reduce services this summer has resulted in unacceptable mail delays that stand to profoundly affect the delivery of mail-in ballots and ballot applications,” said Sam Spital from the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Public Citizen described DeJoy’s actions as “a coup in the making” for President Trump.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a reduced quantity of mail, resulting in the USPS hemorrhaging money. Yet many have argued that it is a vital public service and should be treated like one, and not subject to the pressures of the profit motive. The USPS delivers far more items than any other service and is the only one committed to delivering to every address in the country. It is also one of the few steady employers in many areas, particularly rural ones. Furthermore, the existence of the USPS allows a huge array of other businesses to flourish. According to successive Gallup polls, the organization is consistently rated as America’s favorite federal agency and a whopping 92 percent favor a government bailout of the postal service.

Even if voters do not intend to vote by mail, they might find it difficult to cast a ballot. Since the Shelby County vs. Holder decision of 2013, Southern states have closed at least 1,688 polling stations, including 750 in Texas, 320 in Arizona and 214 in Georgia. Perhaps more troubling is the specificity of so many of the closures. Eighteen Georgian counties have closed more than half of their polling places, and several have shut down almost 90 percent, according to a 2019 report. These have been primarily in lower income and majority black neighborhoods.

There are still nearly three months until the election that pits Democratic candidate Joe Biden with the incumbent Trump; plenty more time for more dirty tricks and October surprises. This will likely not be the last election controversy.

Feature photo | Erica Koesler, left, and David Haerle, both of Los Angeles, demonstrate outside a USPS post office, Aug. 15, 2020, in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello | AP

Alan MacLeod is a Staff Writer for MintPress News. After completing his PhD in 2017 he published two books: Bad News From Venezuela: Twenty Years of Fake News and Misreporting and Propaganda in the Information Age: Still Manufacturing Consent. He has also contributed to Fairness and Accuracy in ReportingThe GuardianSalonThe GrayzoneJacobin MagazineCommon Dreams the American Herald Tribune and The Canary.

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10 Things to Know About Trump’s Post Office Scandal

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 20/08/2020 - 7:11am in

The crisis isn’t over. Ten facts frame the story of how Trump is using the pandemic and the Postal Service to undermine the integrity of the presidential election. Continue reading

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Stamp Out the Trump Attacks on Our Postal Service!

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 18/08/2020 - 2:53am in

As one of our most august Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin would tell Donald Trump to go fly a kite. And hope for a major electrical storm. Then Ben would advise Trump to keep his mitts off our post office. By … Continue reading

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National ‘Derecho’

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 15/08/2020 - 10:49pm in

August 14, 2020 Today’s big story was the administration’s assault on the United States Postal Service. Yesterday, the president said outright that he opposed relief funding for the cash-strapped institution because he wanted to stop mail-in voting, even though he … Continue reading

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The Pandemic, the Post Office, and Another Trump Attack on Democracy

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 13/08/2020 - 2:31am in

As the pandemic rages throughout the country, voting by mail has become a particularly appealing option. But a big turnout is Donald Trump’s electoral enemy, so his administration has launched an attack on the US Postal Service — making it a central player in the preservation of American democracy. Continue reading

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‘Friday Night Massacre’ at US Postal Service as Postmaster General — a Major Trump Donor — Ousts Top Officials

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 09/08/2020 - 1:40am in

"America is in a dead sprint to authoritarianism. The man is pulling out all the stops to prevent the citizens of this country from holding a legitimate election in which he might face removal from office."

byJon Queally, staff writer
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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy (R) arrives for a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on August 5, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy (R) arrives for a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on August 5, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

Government watchdogs, Democratic lawmakers, and pro-democracy advocates declared it a "Friday Night Massacre" for the US Postal Service after news broke in a classic end-of-the-week dump that Louis DeJoy—a major GOP donor to President Donald Trump and the recently appointed Postmaster General—had issued a sweeping overhaul of the agency, including the ouster of top executives from key posts and the reshuffling of more than two dozen other officials and operational managers Continue reading

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Just Another Friday Night News Dump

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 09/08/2020 - 12:40am in

America’s top news continues to touch on the upcoming election. The Friday night news dump was about the United States Postal Service. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Trump loyalist, has recently created new rules for the agency that have dramatically … Continue reading

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Outrage as Trump Crony Now Heading USPS Moves to Slow Mail Delivery

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 18/07/2020 - 6:58am in

With the USPS at risk of completely running out of cash by the end of September without an infusion of emergency funding, postal workers and members of Congress have warned that the Trump administration could attempt to exploit the agency's financial struggles to advance the longstanding right-wing goal of privatizing USPS. Continue reading

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