USPS is shutting down mail sorting machines crucial for processing absentee ballots
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Good thing nobody’s predicting a huge surge in mail any time soon.
The United States Postal Service is removing mail sorting machines from facilities around the country without any official explanation or reason given, Motherboard has learned through interviews with postal workers and union officials. In many cases, these are the same machines that would be tasked with sorting ballots, calling into question promises made by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy that the USPS has “ample capacity” to handle the predicted surge in mail-in ballots.
Motherboard identified 19 mail sorting machines from five processing facilities across the U.S. that either have already been removed or are scheduled to be in the near future. But the Postal Service operates hundreds of distribution facilities around the country, so it is not clear precisely how many machines are getting removed and for what purpose.
Even to local union officials, USPS has not announced any policy, explained why they are doing this, what will happen to the machines and the workers who use them. Nor has management provided a rationale for dismantling and removing the machines from the facility rather than merely not operating them when they’re not needed.
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August 14, 2020 at 1:51 AM #347061xyzseParticipant
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Well, that’s going to get rough.
August 14, 2020 at 1:53 AM #347063bazukhovParticipant
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The new Postmaster General swears that his decision to cut back before election day has nothing to do with his donations to Trump or having a personal interest in cutting back mail because of his interests in UPS.
(CNN)</cite>President Donald Trump said Thursday that he opposes much-needed funding for the United States Postal Service because he doesn’t want to see it used for mail-in voting this November.By directly linking USPS funding to mail-in voting, Trump is fueling allegations that he is trying to manipulate the postal system for political gain. The pandemic has led to record-shattering levels of voting-by-mail, but Trump has tried to restrict the voting method because he says it will hurt his re-election and Republicans across the board.During an interview on Fox News, Trump said that if USPS does not receive the additional $25 billion funding request that Democrats included in the ongoing stimulus negotiations, then he believes the Post Office won’t be able to handle the influx of mail-in ballots in the upcoming election.“They want three and a half billion dollars for something that’ll turn out to be fraudulent, that’s election money basically. They want three and a half billion dollars for the mail-in votes. Universal mail-in ballots. They want $25 billion, billion, for the Post Office. 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,” Trump said, repeating his false claims that mail-in voting would be “fraudulent.”
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August 14, 2020 at 2:11 AM #347068salemcourtParticipant
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First-class mails have gone down by 30%. Facilities have remained about the same (about 200 sorting machines as far as I could tell). So the orange man legitimately cannot use this as an excuse to prevent mail-in ballots. However, being the conman he is, he may still use this as an excuse to curtail mail-in ballots.
August 14, 2020 at 2:24 AM #347071Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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