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Opinion U.S. Postal Service remains committed to fulfilling our role in the electoral process

19:27  12 august  2020
19:27  12 august  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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A postal service spokesperson dismissed any suggestion that election mail would be intentionally delayed, and committed to "delivering Election "With regard to Election Mail, the Postal Service remains fully committed to fulfilling our role in the electoral process when public policy makers

The United States Postal Service is fully committed to fulfilling our role in the electoral process when public policy makers choose to utilize us as a part of their election system, and to delivering Election Mail in a timely manner consistent with our operational standards.

The U.S. Postal Service is well prepared and has ample capacity to deliver America’s election mail for the upcoming general election in November.

a person standing on a sidewalk: On any given day, the Postal Service delivers more than 425 million pieces of mail. © Spencer Platt/Getty Images On any given day, the Postal Service delivers more than 425 million pieces of mail.

On any given day, the Postal Service delivers more than 425 million pieces of mail, and our best estimates are that election mail will account for less than 2% of all mail volume from mid-September until Election Day. Given our available processing capacity, we can easily handle the anticipated increase in election mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic, without impact to on-time performance.

Postmaster general says Postal Service is not "slowing down election mail"

  Postmaster general says Postal Service is not Louis DeJoy denied claims that the Postal Service is slowing down the delivery of election mail."Let me be clear that, with regard to election mail, the Postal Service and I are fully committed to fulfilling our role in the electoral process," DeJoy said Friday at a meeting of the Postal Service Board of Governors. "We will do everything that we can to deliver election mail in a timely manner consistent with our operational standards, and despite any assertions to the contrary, we are not slowing down election mail or any other mail.

U . S . Postal Service mail delivery trucks sit idle at a Manassas post office in Virginia. The postal worker' s job could include processing mail as clerks and mail handlers, delivering it as letter carriers, driving it as truck Postal jobs have especially played a key role in black community development.

Whether you are sending it or receiving it, your mail is important to you and the U . S . Postal Service ®. When mail is lost or delayed, we want to find it.

In recent weeks, the Postal Service has taken steps to improve our efficiency —  including ensuring that our trucks meet operational deadlines and requiring that overtime be earned as the result of unexpected volume or other factors, pursuant to our normal overtime analysis — which is vital given our financial situation. Contrary to media accounts and other accusations, there have been no edicts to delay the mail or eliminate overtime. Rather, we are ensuring that our operations run on time and on schedule, which will avoid unnecessary overtime and transportation costs. We are making these changes methodically and in ways designed to ensure the timely and cost-effective delivery of America’s mail — including election mail.

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The Postal Service remains fully committed to fulfilling our role in the electoral process by doing everything we can to handle and deliver election mail, including ballots, in a timely manner consistent with our operational standards.

The only concerns we have about the upcoming election is that many states have designed their election systems without considering the ordinary time frames required by the Postal Service to process and deliver mail. For that reason, throughout this year, we have worked closely with election officials regarding our mailing requirements, delivery standards and best practices for enabling voting by mail.

In particular, we are asking election officials and voters to realistically consider how the mail works — and to be mindful of our delivery standards — in order to provide voters ample time to cast their votes through the mail.

And we look forward to continued coordination with election officials through November.

David Williams is chief logistics and processing operations officer and executive vice president of the U.S. Postal Service, where Thomas Marshall is general counsel and executive vice president.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: U.S. Postal Service remains committed to fulfilling our role in the electoral process

Ninety Democrats call on Postal Board to remove DeJoy: letter .
Ninety Democrats call on Postal Board to remove DeJoy: letterThe letter, signed by Democrats including David Cicilline, Karen Bass, Mark Pocan, Hakeem Jeffries, Chellie Pingree and Gerald Connolly said "in his brief time as Postmaster General, Mr. DeJoy has implemented policies that have slowed delivery times to unacceptable levels and resulted in undelivered mail.

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