The US Postal Service warned the officials in Pennsylvania in July that the state’s election deadlines are too tight for the service standard of the Postal Service Department. There could be a delay of several days to reach the mail-in ballots.
The US Postal Service warned almost all the 50 states, including Washington D.C., about the possible delay.
The election rules are not compatible with the actual time needed for the delivery and return of absentee ballots through mail, according to the letter released by the Postal Service Department very recently.
The letter demonstrates the transparent reminder that the implementation of the mail-in voting system due to the ongoing pandemic has created a big problem for the Postal Department due to the slowdown in processes because of organizational changes made by the newly appointed Postmaster General.
Based on the current state’s law in Pennsylvania, the mail-in ballots must be arrived by 8 PM on Election Day. The state’s Pennsylvania officials have also filed a motion to Supreme Court, asking for the approval of the estimated delay of three days after the election day predicted by the US Postal Service.
The fact is that Pennsylvania’s final election result, one of the contested states, could be remained as uncleared after the election is conducted. Therefore, it could lead to uncertainty in determining the election’s winning candidate for a few days.
In the 2016 election, President Trump won Pennsylvania by a thin margin over Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The news of warning of potential delay by the US Postal Service made the Capitol Hill lawmakers concerned. Simultaneously, the new Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy’s reorganization venture solidified the on-going concerns even more.
Many democrats and critics have already started arguing against the Postal Service’s change-making decision as it could hamper the mail-in voting system. Several states adopted the mail-in voting system to avoid in-person voting amidst the on-going pandemic situation in the nation.
President Trump has been actively opposing the idea of mail-in voting. He already stated that he is unwilling to make a deal with the Democrats on funding the US Postal Service to implement a nationwide mail-in voting system.
Democrats have placed this deal as a part of coronavirus legislation. The sole objective behind this proposal is to establish the idea of the mail-in voting system universally, according to President Donald Trump.
Trump said that Democrats want $25 billion of funding for the Postal Service. The main objective behind this funding is that Democrats want to have the Postal Service work for them to get their hands on millions of ballots.
But if the Democrats don’t get the funding, they could not implement universal mail-in voting.
In May, the legislation passed by the Democrats states that they would allocate the total funding of $25 billion to the Postal Service over three years, and the entire bill is a part of the coronavirus relief.
Democrats also came up with another proposal of $3.5 billion of supplemental funding to be used as election resources. The pandemic has made the in-person voting system a complicated affair.
Trump has clearly shown his doubt about the transparency and overall reliability of the mail-in voting system.
According to Trump, the mail-in voting system will make the election “rigged” and “fraudulent.” He stated that there’s nothing wrong with going out and vote.
The Americans also voted during the emergency time of World War I and World War II.