A bureaucrat who leads the state-run delivery service postponed an organizational restructure until after the election due to political pressure.
U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has decided an internal restructuring of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) should be completed after the upcoming election on Nov. 3.
The sudden backflip came after the Democrats threatened to take legal action against DeJoy for allegedly denying Americans the option to cast their ballot papers at the local USPS office due to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
“There are some long-standing operational initiatives—efforts that predate my arrival at the postal service—that have been raised as areas of concern as the nation prepares to hold an election in the midst of a devastating pandemic,” DeJoy said in a statement. “To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded.”
Mail worker advocates claimed the restructuring would increase delivery times and slow down the postal voting process, making it a less attractive alternative to voting in-person at poll stations according to CNBC News.
However, the postmaster revealed any internal changes would not impact on USPS’s ability to process postal votes as the federally funded agency was able to cope with “whatever volume of election mail it receives.”
“There has been a lot of discussion recently about whether the postal service is ready, willing, and able to meet this challenge,” he said. “Even with the challenges of keeping our employees and customers safe and healthy as they operate amid a pandemic, we will deliver the nation’s election mail on time and within our well-established service standards.”
He backed his statement by announcing the current USPS leadership task force on election mail would be expanded to ensure delivery standards are met.
“Leaders of our postal unions and management associations have committed to joining this task force to ensure strong coordination throughout our organization,” he said. “Because of the unprecedented demands of the 2020 election, this task force will help ensure that election officials and voters are well-informed and fully supported by the postal service.”
He confirmed there would be no change to the opening hours at local USPS offices and mail processing facilities, mail processing equipment, and blue collection boxes.
“We reassert that overtime has, and will continue to be, approved as needed,” he said. “Effective Oct. 1, we will engage standby resources in all areas of our operations, including transportation, to satisfy any unforeseen demand.”
The White House chief of staff Mark Meadows revealed the Trump administration had nothing to do with the USPS’s proposed restructure.
However, Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Attorney General Keith Ellison is using taxpayer money to sue both President Donald Trump and DeJoy even though the restructure was postponed.
“I sued President Trump and the postmaster general today to halt drastic changes to USPS service that threaten our votes and people’s lives,” Ellison said on Twitter. “Our lawsuit says they violated federal law in making these changes in this way. They have now said they are backing down [but] I am [still] moving ahead.”