- The Democrats' goal is to pass legislation that would prevent the Postal Service from changing its function.
- President Trump opposes postal voting, arguing it increases the possibility of electoral fraud.
- Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, many US states are counting on increased demand for postal voting.
Controversy has erupted over voting in the upcoming presidential election in the United States between Democrats and Republicans. The fate of the United States Postal Service is also at stake. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for an end to the House summer recess and for a confrontation with President Donald Trump’s policies.
The Democrats’ goal is to pass legislation that would prevent the Postal Service from changing its function. President Trump opposes postal voting, claiming that the US Postal Service is not in a position to deliver millions of ballots on time. Trump has even said that if Republicans do not block postal voting, a Republican would never sit in the White House again.
Reacting to growing concerns about the negative effects of the US government’s performance on the US postal system, and its negative consequences for the November presidential election, Speaker Pelosi recalled the House, cancelled the summer recess, and called on Members to return to Washington.
“Alarmingly, across the nation, we see the devastating effects of the President’s campaign to sabotage the election by manipulating the Postal Service to disenfranchise voters,” Pelosi said in a letter to fellow House Democrats on Sunday.
Pelosi has said that the House of Representatives must vote by the end of this week on a law that would prevent the change of the Postal Service in the country.
Postmaster a “Trusted Ally of Donald Trump”
On Friday, internal documents of the US Postal Service were leaked to the media. These documents suggested that the post office was now planning to collect a significant number of sorting machines. There have even been reports of a reduction in mailboxes in the United States.
A spokesman for the post office claimed in response to the reports that the number of mailings had decreased in the current situation, and that the United States needed fewer mailboxes and sorting machines than before. The spokesman claimed that this was a normal step taken by the USPS to reduce its costs.
Senior Democratic politicians see the move as a manifestation of Donald Trump’s policy of damaging the postal system. Pelosi considers Louis Dejoy, the current Postmaster General since May, to be one of Donald Trump’s most trusted figures. She says Trump intends to damage the postal service in this country and delay the sending and receiving of letters.
According to the Speaker, such an action will practically lead to the fact that many Americans will not be able to participate in the elections through postal voting. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer also called on his Republican counterpart, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to end the summer recess so they can vote on the issue.
The congressional summer recess is scheduled to end on September 8. Democrats are now seeking to block Trump’s policy toward the USPS by recalling both houses of Congress.
Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, many US states are counting on increased demand for postal voting. Trump opposes postal voting, arguing that postal voting increases the possibility of electoral fraud. Democrats, meanwhile, are confident in the soundness of postal voting.