The United States Postal Service warned Pennsylvania that mail ballots may not be delivered on time to be counted because the state’s deadlines are too tight for its “delivery standards,” casting fresh doubt on Pennsylvania’s ability to conduct much of the 2020 election by mail.
The warning came in a July 29 letter from Thomas J. Marshall, general counsel and executive vice president for the Postal Service, to Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, whose department oversees elections. That letter was made public for the first time late Thursday in a filing the Pennsylvania Department of State submitted to the state Supreme Court, in which it asked the court to order that mail ballots be counted as long as they are received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election.
If the court agrees, it will increase the likelihood that the results of the presidential race between President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden won’t be known for days after the election.
The post office’s letter to the state, which came as President Donald Trump has mounted false attacks on mail voting, warned that “certain deadlines for requesting and casting mail-in ballots are incongruous with the Postal Service’s delivery standards.”
You can see a major part of the strategy here: to use uncertainty about the outcome to declare victory on Election Night. (Relatedly, the Trump administration is pretending Bush v. Gore was constitutional law to try to get the courts to suppress the vote in Nevada.)
Meanwhile, in Oregon:
A spokesman for the United States Postal Service confirmed that the agency has removed four blue boxes from Portland, and 27 from Eugene this week. The USPS plans to remove a few more boxes from Portland next week.
“The reason we’re doing it is because of declining mail volume,” USPS spokesman Ernie Swanson told WW. “Ever since the pandemic came along, people are mailing less for some reason.”
Earlier today, a photo surfaced on social media that depicted a person lifting multiple USPS boxes into a truck in Northeast Portland, sparking concern among residents.
Fortunately, the Beaver State has separate drop-boxes for ballots, but this kind of sabotage could have more dire consequences in other states.
This is really, really bad.