For those who aren’t aware, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is in serious trouble and as a result so are all of our voting rights.
Recently, President Trump moved to decrease agency’s service, due to financial and health concerns, with a presidential election right around the corner.
This decision will effect mail-in ballots, which seem like the safest option for voters concerned with the possibility of being infected by COVID-19 at the polls. Many see Trump’s decision to slash USPS’s budget as an act of voter suppression.
The Washington Post conducted an investigation and found that many voters, in as many as 46 states, could be disenfranchised by delayed mail-in ballots.
Also current absentee or mail-in voting deadlines in some states may not allow enough time for votes to be counted in the general election.
Many citizens might be unaware that USPS is an independent agency of the executive branch that is meant to be self-sufficent, however it has always required funded from the government to keep it afloat.
Over the last 15 years, the agency racked up over $160 billion in long-term debt.
While many lawmakers agree that a postal reform is needed, they’d prefer to wait until after the November elections.
Surprisingly, even in a mostly paperless world, where documents and correspondances are sent over email, money is exchanged electronically, and companies like Amazon, FedEx, and UPS deliver packages the bulk of packages, polls show that USPS is still considered a popular institution in America.
Citizens considering to do mail-in ballots are urged to start the process immediately, especially since each state has a different deadline.
If you would like the option to do a mail-in ballot instead of showing up to the polls due to fear of the COVID-19 pandemic, visit your state’s voter registration website to find out about the process for mail-in or absentee ballots.