Watchdog Groups Demand Probe Into ‘Voter Suppression Tactics’ by Postal Service Chief—and Major Trump Donor—Louis DeJoy

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      ravensong
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      Government watchdog groups are demanding that the Senate launch an investigation into “potential voter suppression tactics” by recently appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major GOP donor whose operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service have slowed mail delivery across the nation and sparked concerns about mail-in ballots in upcoming elections.

      “In his first month on the job, the postmaster general has already taken steps that could undermine efficient voting by mail in November,” wrote Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and Common Cause Wisconsin in a letter (pdf) to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, which has jurisdiction over USPS.

      “According to internal USPS memos, DeJoy directed USPS employees that overtime would be limited and that they were prohibited from making late trips in order to ensure timely delivery,” the letter reads. “DeJoy offered these changes as a way to cut costs, but USPS has acknowledged that they will likely result in delayed mail delivery.”

      The letter points to a July 7 USPS Office of Inspector General report (pdf) highlighting issues “related to the timeliness of ballots being mailed to voters” during the Wisconsin primary elections in April. According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, 2,659 primary ballots were not counted because they arrived after the state’s April 13 deadline.

      As Common Dreams reported earlier Friday, postal workers are concerned that major mail backlogs caused by DeJoy’s policies could continue up to the November general elections, threatening the agency’s ability to deliver mail-in ballots in time.

      CREW and Common Cause Wisconsin are urging Johnson to hold public hearings with DeJoy to “discuss the Postal Service’s preparations for supporting voting by mail in November is important to ensure that Wisconsin residents and all Americans can have full and fair access to our democracy.”

      The groups are also calling on Johnson to investigate concerns that federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security “could be used to intimidate voters across the country in the upcoming election.”

      “Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf’s decision to deploy federal officers to quell political protests raises significant concerns regarding the use of federal resources to repress the rights of Americans over the objections of many local elected officials who do not want federal help,” the groups wrote.

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      https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/31/watchdog-groups-demand-probe-voter-suppression-tactics-postal-service-chief-and

      Hey, let’s elect a spoiled rich brat crooked sociopath fascist narcissist failed businessman POTUS.

      What could possibly go wrong?

      “A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority.” ~ Booker T. Washington

      The truth is, there’s no such thing as being “anti-Fascist.” Either you are a decent human being with a conscience, or you are a fascist.
      ~ Unknown

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      The new post master general is deliberately slowing down the mail by demanding hand sorting instead of machine sorting.

      “Massive mail delays hit the postal service as Donald Trump’s new postmaster-General orders overtime ban and sorting machine shutdowns to save cash – raising more fears over November election”

      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8580573/amp/Massive-mail-delays-hit-postal-service-Donald-Trumps-new-postmaster-General.html

      I don’t trust the Daily Mail, it is a right wing rag. But this article is well written for a change and lays out what Trump is doing.

      His slowing down the mail will impact Amazon and all the corporations people order food and other products from.

      I get baby chicks in the mail. Slowing them down will kill them. They don’t go thru machine sorters but a general slow down will slow everything.

      Then I do sales in organic dried herbs and seeds by mail. If those are slowed, my customers are going to be very angry at me because some of those are very delicate and can’t take weeks inside an envelope. They will mold and rot. I may have to pull them and not offer them until the USPS goes back to normal.

      This is really going to ruin a lot of businesses that rely on the mail.

       

    • #342713
      ravensong
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      Trump and Republicans are trying to harm We the People in every way they possibly can, so that we have no economic, social, or political power to resist dictatorship of the plutocrats

      They are deliberately killing off all the machinery of democracy in the US, and replacing it with the machinery of unitary executive authoritarian plutocracy.  The country is deeply divided between those who support fascist authoritarian dictatorship, and the rest of us us trying to save and expand whatever vestiges freedom, democracy, and common sense we have left in this nation.  We are locked in desperate class struggle, and unfortunately, the bulk of the RW middle and working class electorate is hell bent on completely enslaving themselves to malicious plutocrats, and taking the rest of us down with them.

      The RW loves  Trump simply because he is a white supremacist homophobe who supports christo-fascsim for political purposes.  They will gleefully give away all their democratic and economic power, even get sick and die for him, no matter how much he harms them and their interests, and no matter how corrupt he is, as long as he continues to appeal to their hate driven natures by oppressing minorities.  When they say they love Trump because “he is doing all the right things”, the meaning of “right things” is “oppressing the non-white non-heterosexual non-gender conforming non-christian” segment of the US citizenry.

      “I knew that when the great guiding spirit cleaves humanity into two antagonistic halves, I will be with the people.”

      “Above all, always be capable of feeling deeply any injustice committed against anyone, anywhere in the world.”

      Che Guevara

      “A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority.” ~ Booker T. Washington

      The truth is, there’s no such thing as being “anti-Fascist.” Either you are a decent human being with a conscience, or you are a fascist.
      ~ Unknown

    • #342729
      D503
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      is illegal. Son works for the USPS and hears it all the time. He has 3 years with them and still waiting for full time position, so he works LOTS of overtime.     The Post Office he’s at won’t hire anyone to help. Sundays he works 12+ hours delivering for…amazon!

      "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." - Asimov; "If you push something hard enough, it will fall over." - Fud's First Law of Opposition

    • #342796
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      Huge plus one!

      I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".

      Me

    • #342797
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      Kicked and recommended! Yes, what could possibly go wrong?

      I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".

      Me

    • #343125
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      Isn’t this the same tactic the auto companies/unions used?

      creating ‘tiers’ of workers with different rights/benefits?

      and using the low-tier low-benefited workers as disposables?

    • #343180
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      Republicans find killing baby chickens to be an enjoyable past time.

      I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".

      Me

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