USPS Warns 46 States of Mail-In Voting Trouble

Current deadlines are too tight, says postal service
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2020 1:37 PM CDT
Updated Aug 14, 2020 2:07 PM CDT

(Newser) – The mail-in voting controversy is intensifying. The Washington Post reports that the US Postal Service has warned 46 states and DC that trouble is looming—the USPS can't guarantee all ballots cast by mail would arrive back in time to be counted. The reason is because current deadlines for people to request and return ballots, set up in pre-pandemic days, won't work amid the expected surge in mail voting. Some states are scrambling to change their deadlines—including Pennsylvania, per the Philadelphia Inquirer—but others have not or cannot do so in time for the election. “The Postal Service is asking election officials and voters to realistically consider how the mail works,” a USPS spokeswoman says in a statement. Related:

  • Example: The USPS warned 31 states that voters would have to return their ballots by Oct. 27 to ensure they would be counted.
  • Obama: Former President Obama doesn't seem to be shy anymore about publicly criticizing his successor. In a podcast, Obama accused Trump of trying to "kneecap" the US Postal Service to discourage voting, reports CNN. "What we've seen in a way that is unique to modern political history is a president who is explicit in trying to discourage people from voting," Obama said on the podcast with his former campaign chief, David Plouffe. "What we've never seen before is a president say, 'I'm going to try to actively kneecap the postal service to encourage voting, and I will be explicit about the reason I'm doing it."

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