Democracy Initiative: Slowdown of U.S. Mail is Unfair, Dangerous – and Could Interfere with 2020 Elections

Thursday, July 16, 2020

For Immediate Release:

Democracy Initiative:
Slowdown of U.S. Mail is Unfair, Dangerous - and Could
Interfere with 2020 Electionsmp Financial Records

The following statement is from Wendy Fields, Executive Director of the Democracy Initiative.

“We are outraged by recently-discovered documents from the U.S. Postal Service which show that shortly after taking office, new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is requiring postal employees to slow down delivery of the U.S. Mail.

“Slower mail service is unfairand dangerousfor the millions of Americans who rely on the mail for food, medicine, medical supplies, unemployment checks and other critical mail and packages. Slowing down our postal service also could interfere with this year’s election. Voting-by-mail has become more popular than everand 34 states require ballots to be receivednot just postmarkedby Election Day.

“Instead of telling postal employees to abandon their commitment to on-time delivery, the Postmaster General should be working as hard as possible to secure the $25 billion in additional funding for USPS that has already passed the U.S. House and is now before the Senate.

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night prevents the swift delivery of US mail. It should not be slowed down by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who has served as finance chairman of this year’s Republican National Convention. As Postmaster General for the entire United States, must act as a non-partisan leader and ensure that democracy is delivered for all."

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The Democracy Initiative is a coalition of 75 organizations with a collective 45 million members fighting for workers, civil rights, social justice and the environment. DI partner organizations are united in their commitment to realizing the promise of American democracy where all people have an equal seat at the governance table.