Save the U.S. Postal Service to Protect the Election

Target: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Goal: Ensure fair elections by funding the U.S. Postal Service.

The presidential election is less than one hundred days away, and the current administration is doing everything it can to suppress voters and stay in power. Along with pushing for stricter voter registration requirements, the Trump administration is also defunding the U.S. Postal Service, an agency that allows voters to turn in their ballots by mail. During the COVID-19 pandemic, when in-person voting could be dangerous and even fatal to voters, it is crucial to fund the Postal Service so that Americans can vote from home.

Trump has made numerous false claims that mail-in voting is fraudulent and prone to error. These claims are misinformed and have only served to scare voters into resisting vote-by-mail. Even more frightening, however, is that he’s cut funding to the Postal Service. This is a direct attack on the fairness of the November election. Without funding the Postal Service won’t be able to deliver ballots.

Mail-in voting is also important for voter turnout, especially in low-income and minority communities. Minorities often have the least access to polling stations, whether because of distance or because they don’t have the time and resources to get to one. Supporting the option of mail-in voting will allow more Americans to vote in the election.

Come November, COVID-19 will still be here. To ensure the safety of voters and the equity of the election, people must be able to send in their ballots by mail. Protect the fairness of our election and sign the petition to call for the Postal Service to be funded.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator McConnell,

During the COVID-19 pandemic, elections held in person could result in more cases and deaths. The U.S. Postal Service has been instrumental in delivering ballots so that large crowds can be avoided. The president has defunded this important agency in an effort to undermine the election, as well as made false claims that mail-in voting increases voter fraud. Vote-by-mail has been highly effective in states like Colorado and Washington, and could increase voter turnout without spreading COVID-19.

Vote-by-mail makes it easier for minority communities to vote, making elections more equitable. The United States has already seen a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, and in-person elections would exacerbate the pandemic. Come November, there still won’t be vaccines to ensure a safe in-person election. I encourage you to fund the U.S. Postal Service to ensure the safety and fairness of the election.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Dianne Yee


4 Comments

  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    There will be NO FAIR & SAFE election using mail-in ballots….
    PERIOD!!!

  2. The POTUS is dissing this because he is worried about losing the election! Why wasn’t he concerned when Russians interfered in the 2016 election? Voted in the spring elections in this way and it was safe and fair! Since the start of Covid, I do not go anywhere except necessary medical appointments so I feel voting by mail is safe and effective!

  3. This is a joke! right? How can you say that this makes it easier for minorities than to go to the polls to vote? Bet you anything, these so called mail in voters stood in line at grocery stores, liquor stores, dollar stores, and all the rest of the “essential stores” without a problem. YOU are the one who fear losing a fair battle. YOU fool no one!

  4. Jose Espino says:

    When the market fell back in 2008, the first thing the US postal service did was to raise shipping cost. It has continue to do so in several occasions. At the same time their shipping cost has increased, their work quality has decreased. They have hired, not all, but a bunch of useless and careless people. How much more money do the USPS need to justify being selective in hiring responsible people. Equal opportunity does not mean hiring crap.

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