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The post office is at the forefront of a health pandemic, in an overly-paranoid, politically charged presidential election year. So what’s the issue? Well, for starters, the United States Postal Service states on their website, in big, red letters the following statement:
“ALERT: DUE TO LIMITED TRANSPORTATION AVAILABILITY AS A RESULT OF NATIONWIDE COVID-19 IMPACTS, PACKAGE DELIVERY TIMES MAY BE EXTENDED. PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS® SERVICE WILL NOT CHANGE.” READ MORE ›
I beg to differ. First, I sent a package to my nephew which took almost a month. Before the virus, I strove to send Christmas packages the first week of December. It has resulted in teeth-gritting the week of Christmas, as packages trickle in at different times, although mailed the same day. Our accountant always alerts us to send our taxes in Certified, with a return receipt request. I’ve sent birthday cards that have taken two weeks to get from the South to the North… There have been stories of bags of discarded mail found, undelivered, across the country:
If the post office has admittedly had problems for years, losing billions, and cannot ensure because of the COVID virus an on-time delivery, why would we want to chance in a hot election year, an extreme overload of ballot mail-ins to be delivered on time, with no issues? There have been cries of voter fraud even in good times, voting machines breaking down, overseas ballots, or military ballots not counted. No, Nancy Pelosi, the post office is not “election central” – the ballot box is. While not perfect, nothing is 100% fail-proof.
President Trump is using pure common sense in saying that while it is acceptable to mail-in absentee ballots for registered voters, in-person voting is the safest method, and a blanket state-by-state mass mail-in is a recipe for fraud and disaster. I early-voted in our local election last week. I wore a mask, all staff wore a mask, and I was asked to serve an ID. My driver’s license was scanned and handed back by a gloved and masked volunteer. I signed a sheet with a sanitized pen and was given a ballot. I went into a sanitized booth with my sanitized pen and voted. I fed my ballot into a machine and was pointed to the exit by another masked and gloved volunteer. In the lobby, a cheerful masked man offered me an American flag, an “I Voted” sticker, and a red and white puffy mint, the kind that melts in your mouth. It took all of about 5 minutes.
Remember the time Iraq held it’s first free and peaceful election after Saddam? For the upcoming presidential election, I recommend a finger dipped in ink because it’s that important to get this right.
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