In Virginia, as many as 5% of ballots have been rejected as a result of they have been postmarked too late. The Postal Service wants the sources to course of these ballots shortly sufficient to get them counted, however Trump—who has made his concern and loathing of mail voting greater than clear—desires the alternative.
Studies are spreading that Trump’s new postmaster normal is issuing direct orders that may slow down the mail, whereas in at the least one state, postal employees say their state postmaster is going even further to create delays. This all comes in opposition to a backdrop of Trump saying issues like “The Postal Service is a joke” and making clear that he thinks voting by mail would make him lose in November.
Trump’s hatred of the Postal Service isn’t nearly vote by mail, although, and it isn’t simply Trump. The Republican Social gathering has lengthy wished to destroy the USPS for a number of causes, chief amongst them that it’s an instance of presidency working effectively for even the little folks (and wildly popular consequently) and that postal jobs have been a crucial a part of constructing a Black center class within the U.S. for generations. Republicans—with too little pushback from most Democrats, it should be stated—badly weakened the USPS. Coronavirus has been a significant blow, and as an alternative of serving to to spice up this extremely essential public good, congressional Republicans have adopted Trump in blocking assist. That they will weaken secure entry to the vote in November is only a bonus to the Republican mind-set.