House Leaders call for USPS officials to testify on recent delays

A record number of Mainers are expected to vote by absentee ballots this November, and state leaders are working to ensure a smoother process. The Secretary of State’s Office received a letter from the U.S. Postal Service, which was made public Friday, suggesting Mainers request absentee ballots at least 15 days before Election Day.The postal service has recently seen budget cuts and delivery delays along with controversial policy changes under new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.DeJoy’s letter to Maine and 45 other states said absentee ballots should be submitted a week before election day, despite Maine law which allows them to be requested up to five days before the election. Governor Janet Mills called the potential for delays in the absentee ballot counting process a “serious threat” and said she’s working with state election officials and the Secretary of State Matt Dunlap. Postal worker union member and Maine’s Congressional delegates have already been sounding the alarm on cuts to the USPS and their impacts. “We’ve given the general public the idea that we’re not prompt, we’re not reliable, we’re not efficient, and then here comes the election,” said Scott Adams, the President of American Postal Workers Union Local 458. Earlier this month, Senator Angus King sent his concerns to the Committee on Homeland Security saying, in part, “The USPS isn’t a business — it’s a public service, designed to facilitate commerce in every corner of our country.”The Democratic-led House of Representatives is calling on USPS leaders to come to the Capitol to testify on recent delays. On Sunday, Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called for the U.S. House to return from August recess. In the U.S. Senate, minority leader Chuck Schumer says if the House returns to considers legislation, he will demand the Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell to reconvene the Senate as well.

A record number of Mainers are expected to vote by absentee ballots this November, and state leaders are working to ensure a smoother process.

The Secretary of State’s Office received a letter from the U.S. Postal Service, which was made public Friday, suggesting Mainers request absentee ballots at least 15 days before Election Day.

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The postal service has recently seen budget cuts and delivery delays along with controversial policy changes under new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

DeJoy’s letter to Maine and 45 other states said absentee ballots should be submitted a week before election day, despite Maine law which allows them to be requested up to five days before the election.

Governor Janet Mills called the potential for delays in the absentee ballot counting process a “serious threat” and said she’s working with state election officials and the Secretary of State Matt Dunlap.

Postal worker union member and Maine’s Congressional delegates have already been sounding the alarm on cuts to the USPS and their impacts.

“We’ve given the general public the idea that we’re not prompt, we’re not reliable, we’re not efficient, and then here comes the election,” said Scott Adams, the President of American Postal Workers Union Local 458.

Earlier this month, Senator Angus King sent his concerns to the Committee on Homeland Security saying, in part, “The USPS isn’t a business — it’s a public service, designed to facilitate commerce in every corner of our country.”

The Democratic-led House of Representatives is calling on USPS leaders to come to the Capitol to testify on recent delays.

On Sunday, Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called for the U.S. House to return from August recess. In the U.S. Senate, minority leader Chuck Schumer says if the House returns to considers legislation, he will demand the Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell to reconvene the Senate as well.