DeJoy Dismantles Devices for Parts

Picture of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy at hearing

Postmaster general Louis DeJoy told U.S. District Judge Stanley A. Bastian on September 23rd that hundreds of high-speed mail sorting machines taken offline to slow mail delivery prior to the November election were stripped for parts.

DeJoy requests that the injunction directing him to reinstate the machines be changed to reflect the fact that the machines were no longer intact. Eric Larson reports in Bloomberg that Bastian has yet to rule on DeJoy’s request.

In his September 17th injunction, Bastian writes, “Although not necessarily apparent on the surface, at the heart of DeJoy’s and the Postal Service’s actions is voter disenfranchisement.”

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It is easy to conclude that the recent Postal Services’ changes is an intentional effort on the part [of] the current administration to disrupt and challenge the legitimacy of upcoming local, state, and federal elections, especially given that 72% of the decommissioned high speed mail sorting machines that were decommissioned were located in counties where Hilary Clinton received the most votes in 2016.”

DeJoy’s success at disrupting U.S. mail service coincides with the president’s attacks on state vote by mail programs as conducive to voter fraud. Five states (Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington) vote exclusively by mail and numerous studies, including ones by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, have concluded that no substantial incidents of fraud exist despite years of voting by mail in the U.S.

President Trump, the First Lady, several Trump children and members of the Trump administration have relied upon the U.S Postal Service to deliver their absentee ballots in previous elections.

Mail disruption resulting from DeJoy’s actions is proven statistically Bastian concludes. Recent Postal Service disruption has impacted delivery of prescriptions to American senior citizens. According to the U.S. Postal Service website, it 876 million prescriptions were delivered by mail in 2019.

Read Eric Larson’s September 24th article, DeJoy Tells Judge Mail-Sorting Machines Can’t Be Reassembled in Bloomberg.

Learn more here about Democratic Group’s Defend the Vote campaign.

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