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Postmaster General Shares Agency's 'No. 1 Priority'

Louis DeJoy tells Senate panel the USPS is ready for mail-in ballots
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2020 9:58 AM CDT
Updated Aug 21, 2020 2:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – The head of the US Postal Service pledged Friday that his agency is ready to handle this year's expected surge in mail-in ballots. The USPS "is fully capable and committed to delivering the nation’s election mail fully and on time," Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, per the New York Times. And in response to a question from Mitt Romney, he said, “We will scour every plant each night leading up to Election Day,” to make sure no ballots sent at the last minute get lost. More:

  • A contrast: President Trump has been attacking the credibility of mail voting, but DeJoy didn't join in. "I think the American public should be able to vote by mail,” he said, reports Politico. In fact, DeJoy says he votes by mail himself (as does the president) and will do so again this year.
  • A pledge: He said the USPS would prioritize mail-in ballots, deploying "processes and procedures to advance the election mail, in some cases ahead of first-class mail.” He called this the agency's "No. 1 priority," per the Hill.

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