The U.S. Postal Service is warning states across America that it cannot guarantee all of the ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted, even if mailed by state deadlines.
Lawmakers in several states are also complaining that some curbside mail collection boxes are even being removed.
Even as President Trump continues to advise against widescale voting by mail, the post office is bracing for an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots as a result of COVID-19.
These warning letters, sent to at least 46 States, as well as the District of Columbia, raises awareness among many Americans that their mail-in ballots this fall will not be counted.
The post office is merely “asking elected officials and voters to realistically consider how the mail works, and be mindful of our delivery standards, in order to provide voters enough time to cast ballots through the mail,” wrote Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
The laws, the letter said, create a “risk that ballots requested near the deadline under state law will not be returned by mail in time to be counted.”
But still, Democrats seem to be firmly in support of voting by mail, despite these warnings.
“This is a deeply troubling development in what is becoming a clear pattern of attempted voter suppression by the Trump administration,” Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement. “I am committed to making sure all Virginians have access to the ballot box, and will continue to work with state and federal lawmakers to ensure safe, secure and accessible elections this fall.”
Republican Sen. Steve Daines & Rep. Greg Gianforte, raised similar concerns in letters sent to Postmaster DeJoy about the removal and “downsizing” of available mail boxes. All three asked for information on how the agency decided which boxes to remove and whether any more removals were planned.
“During the current public health crisis it is more important than ever the USPS continue to provide prompt, dependable delivery service,” said Gianforte.