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Post Office Head Grilled by Congress on Mail-In Voting Fears

Post Office Head Grilled by Congress on Mail-In Voting Fears

Appearing before angry members of Congress for the first time, the new head of the U.S. Postal Service was forced to personally state the obvious: that the operational changes he recently implemented did, in fact, lead to the serious delivery delays and other issues that have exasperated people nationwide. 

But Postmaster General Louis DeJoy insisted on Friday that in no way would his designs on the USPS jeopardize Americans’ reliable access to the mail in a year of a pandemic and a pivotal election.

Against the backdrop of President Trump’s repeated attacks on the USPS and the process of mail-in voting—which will be done in record numbers this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic—DeJoy insisted that “as we head into the election season, I want to assure this committee and the American public that the Postal Service is fully capable and committed to delivering the nation’s election mail securely and on time.”

DeJoy, who himself declared on Friday morning that he would vote by mail, committed to 95 percent of first-class mail being delivered within three days, and to keeping ballots as first-class mail items. Asked by Sen. Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) how the USPS planned to meet delivery standards during the election season, DeJoy flatly said, “I promise you, we are not making any changes until after the election.”

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