States to sue Trump administration over postal changes amid voting fears

States to sue Trump administration over postal changes amid voting fears

"We are the state that sends out our mail-in ballots first in the country", NC Attorney General Josh Stein said in an interview Sunday with The News & Observer.

The crisis at the Postal Service has erupted as a major election year issue as DeJoy, a Trump ally who took control of the agency in June, has swiftly engineered cuts and operational changes that are disrupting mail delivery operations and raising alarms among workers.

U.S. states run presidential elections and most only plan to mail absentee ballots for November's election to voters who request them.

Democrats have raised concerns that Postal Service cost cutting could lead to missed or delayed ballots. Brown noted that many rely on mail to receive medications and to pay bills, in addition to casting their ballots.

It also included funding for expanded postal voting, which Republicans oppose because in many areas of the country, more registered Democrats have requested postal ballots than registered Republicans.

"Let's be real, we know why Trump is doing this: he's deliberately sabotaging the USPS to make it harder to vote by mail in the General Election". If he declines to co-operate, "you have the authority, under the Postal Reorganization Act, to remove the postmaster general", the senators said in a letter to board members.

Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., who serve on the Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, which has oversight over the FBI, called for the bureau to look into whether DeJoy and USPS leaders "committed any crimes" related to recent moves at the agency which led to a mail slowdown.

There were reports from several states, including Oregon, Montana, Indiana, and NY, last week that blue mail collection boxes are being removed.

"Nationally the number of collection boxes declined by more than 12,000 in the past five years", the report said.

"Many more than that are concerned and huddling", though it's too early to speak about the specifics of the considered legal action, he said.

Last week, Trump signaled he was against emergency funding for the Postal Service, repeating unsubstantiated claims of vote-by-mail fraud. An equal percentage of respondents said they disapproved of Trump's effort to block funding to the USPS to prevent mail-in voting, while 47 percent said they "strongly" disapprove.

"That's just quite frankly a little bit insane, because you would have to be able to know for sure that none of them would be postmarked", said Tammy Patrick, a former Arizona election official who is now with the Democracy Fund and has been a longtime liaison between the postal service and election officials.

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said a massive shift to mail-in voting in the November presidential election could cause so many problems officials might have to re-do the vote.

A few dozen people gather in front of a post office in MI to protest recent changes to the USPS.

Pelosi called DeJoy "a complicit crony" of Trump's. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said in a press conference last week that the state would limit the county boards of elections to a single ballot drop box per county. Pennsylvania election officials have asked the state Supreme Court to allow them to count ballots without a postmark as long as they're received within three days of Election Day.

Galvin said his office is working with municipalities in the state "to make sure we're pushing out ballots as quickly as possible".

LaRose also recently announced a 48-point guidance plan on voting safely to Ohio's county board of elections. "I've never seen that in my whole 35-year postal career".

Lucille Sherman is a state politics reporter for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun.

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