With Louis DeJoy installed as the new Postmaster General, his deliberate slowing of the national mail service at the direction of Donald Trump, and the recent Friday Night Massacre of massive layoffs, House Democrats aren’t wasting any time to make sure Americans will still be able to vote by mail in the November Presidential election. House Dems have already been calling for an investigation, as well as his immediate removal.
Now a new bill introduced by House Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) will take their plan to protect the United States Postal Service even further. The Delivering For America Act would freeze any and all changes to mail delivery, and require the USPS to maintain the same “operations or level of service” it had when the year began, and remain in place until next year or the definitive end of the coronavirus pandemic.
The issue of voting by mail was never raised during the 2016 election, as Americans weren’t living under the same pandemic conditions that we’re experiencing this election cycle. Team Trump is clearly concerned about the impact of more Americans voting via the Post Office instead of traditional voting machines, which means it wouldn’t be as easy for him to cheat this time around.
“Millions of people rely on the Postal Service every day to communicate, to access critical medications, and to vote,” Rep. Maloney said in a statement. “At this juncture in our nation’s history, when the number of Americans voting by mail for this Presidential election is expected to more than double from the last, Congress must protect the right of all eligible citizens to have their vote counted.”