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Trump should strengthen Postal Service, not malign it

Posted 1 August 2020 at 8:27 pm

Editor:

The evidence is mounting that President Trump and the Republicans, like Chris Jacobs, are going to sabotage the 2020 election with administrative and bureaucratic problems. In this year, with over 150,000 death from the pandemic, it is safer to vote by mail.

The President has stated, without evidence, that mail-in voting would cause voter fraud. “The Brennan Center’s seminal report The Truth About Voter Fraud conclusively demonstrated that most allegations of fraud turn out to be baseless and that most of the few remaining allegations reveal irregularities and other forms of election misconduct. Numerous other studies, including one commissioned by the Trump administration, have reached the same conclusion.”

If Republicans were worried about voter fraud they would provide funding to secure the election. Republicans have refused to provide funding for the Postal Service and to strengthen state voting security. Newsweek reported (7/25/19): “Still, Senate Republicans have blocked four pieces of legislation that sought to bolster the security of U.S. elections since the former special counsel’s daylong congressional testimony, the latest of which came on Thursday when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, blocked two unanimous consent votes.” Slowing the mail service not only will affect mail-in voters but it will also hurt small businesses.

The Kansas City Star reported (4/20/20): “The Postal Service has been an economic lifeline to small retail businesses trying to stay afloat during the pandemic, by allowing them to ship their products to customers at a reasonable cost.”

Furthermore, many older people depend upon the mail for necessities and medicine, especially during this time of the pandemic when people are encouraged to stay home. Older Americans are a key voting block yet there is not a word from our Congressman. Congressman Chris Jacobs’ silence on this issue is clear indication that his priorities are not supporting citizens of N.Y. 27th district. We deserve better.

William Fine

Brockport