Election Officials Say Postal Service Isn’t Helping States Prepare for a Surge in Mail Ballots (TIME)

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    BROOKLINE - AUGUST 17: A United States Postal Worker pulls onto Beacon Street en route to deliver the mail in Brookline, MA on Aug. 17, 2020. The United States Postal Service, already under tremendous strain, is facing a looming crisis as the Trump administration makes a series of moves that appear designed to starve the federal agency just as millions of ballots are set to be cast by mail in less than three months. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

    Election Officials Say Postal Service Isn’t Helping States Prepare for a Surge in Mail Ballots – By Alana Abramson (TIME) / Sept 17 2020

    When the United States Postal Service’s internal watchdog published its assessment in August of what had gone wrong with mail-in ballots during this year’s primary season, its first recommendation was for federal Postal Service leadership to improve its communication with state and local election officials.

    That hasn’t happened.

    Since Postmaster General Louis DeJoy took the reins in June, multiple state officials tell TIME that communication from federal leadership has gotten both markedly worse—and more ham-fisted. Much of the outreach from federal USPS officials to both state officials and their constituents has resulted in fierce pushback and occasionally litigation. “It’s really been since DeJoy’s tenure that this has suddenly become a major issue, from a national perspective,” says Nellie Gorbea, a Democrat and Rhode Island’s Secretary of State.

    “Historically, my office has had a good relationship with our local postmaster,” she says. “It’s not like we woke up this year and because we’re doing predominantly mail in ballots…we suddenly discovered we need to talk to the Postal Service.”

    Continue to article: https://time.com/5889561/election-2020-mail-ballots-postal-service/

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