Action News Now asked Butte County officials how they're going to deal with fewer funds after President Trump denied the post office aid, they said it will be much more hard to hire more helping hands.
The Postal Service indicated it would take two-to-five days to mail back ballots but, according to Pennsylvania's filing, that is a longer time frame for first class mail than the service had indicated ahead of the Pennsylvania primary just last month. "If they don't get those two items, that means you can't have universal mail-in voting because they're not equipped to have it".
Trump's comments Thursday were not made in isolation.
He said at a Wednesday briefing that he would not approve $25 billion in emergency funding for the postal service, or $3.5 billion in supplemental funding for election resources, according to the Post. On the call with Fox on Thursday, Trump linked his decision to block those funds to his opposition to mail voting.
Marshall says to allow time for ballots to be returned residents should have their ballots in the mail a week prior to the election. Such a delay could be significant to the overall election results.
"These steps make no sense, and only fuel my fears that the postmaster general is intentionally infusing chaos and disarray into the Postal Service just weeks before a presidential election". "Therefore, they can't do the universal mail-in vote".
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"If this letter aims to backtrack on that collaboration or the promise of prioritization of election mail, that would be very concerning", said Tracy Wimmer, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of State, which oversees elections. He also keeps insisting that mail-in voting is "fraudulent", despite evidence to the contrary and his own decision to vote by mail in Florida. Across the country, the number of mail-sorting machines have been reduced.
Elections experts said Thursday that the President's remarks inject unnecessary politics into an already challenging situation. The guy heading the post office would make millions from its destruction.
Various Democrats have promoted the idea of mail-in voting in light of the current pandemic and numerous states in lockdown, but the president and others have consistently linked the method of voting to fraud.
USPS said the letters were meant to advise "election officials to be mindful of the potential inconsistencies between the Postal Service's delivery standards, which have been in place for a number of years and have not changed, and the provisions of state law", in a statement.
Pennsylvania allows voters to request a mail-in ballot as late as October 27, but under current law it must be returned and received by November 3 to count.
Despite Mr Trump's claims, there is little evidence that mail-in voting - which the U.S. military uses - is rife with fraud or that it favours one political party more than another.
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Election officials are seeking clarification from the Postal Service about how recent cutbacks will affect what's expected to be an avalanche of mail-in voting in the upcoming election.
The agency's new leader, DeJoy, a former supply-chain CEO and a major donor to Trump and other Republicans, has pushed cost-cutting measures to eliminate overtime pay and hold mail until the next day if postal distribution centres are running late. "During the once-in-a-century health and economic crisis of COVID-19, the Postal Service's smooth functioning is a matter of life-or-death, and is critical for protecting lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy", House lawmakers wrote.
An application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and filed by USPS on February 7 envisions combining the "dependability and security" of the USPS with blockchain "to prevent tampering" of electronic ballots.
Judy Beard, legislative and political director for the American Postal Workers Union, said postal workers are up to the task of delivering mail-in ballots this year.
House Democrats - 175 of them - this week sent a letter to Mr. DeJoy expressing opposition to what he was doing and how it could impact the election.
Trump's theory is that he is more likely to beat the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, if voters have to go to the polls in person.
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