Ronald Stroman, a former top United States Postal Service official, warned on Thursday that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy – a Trump donor and ally of the president – is implementing changes at the agency that will “disenfranchise” voters, The Guardian reported.
“Amid reports of significant mail delays, Ronald Stroman, who stepped down earlier this year as the second in command at USPS, said he was concerned about the speed and timing of changes that appeared to be implemented after Louis DeJoy, the new postmaster general, took office in June,” The Guardian reports. “USPS faces a financial crisis and every postmaster general is interested in cost savings and efficiency, Stroman said, but the question was how to balance those changes with the public’s needs.”
Stroman said that his concern is not only because the actions are taking place during a pandemic, “but a couple of months before an election with enormous consequences.”
“If you can’t right the ship, if you can’t correct these fast enough, the consequence is not just, OK, people don’t get their mail, it’s that you disenfranchise people … Making these changes this close to an election is a high-risk proposition,” he said.
Concerns were raised once DeJoy took over the post office after he began prohibiting overtime and ordering postal workers to leave mail behind at processing plants if it would cause them to leave late.
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