Jul 26 2020
10:23 am

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett visited Blount County Public Library’s early voting site Friday evening as part of an effort to see what voting looks like during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hargett noted that sending a ballot by mail may also be problematic. For instance, when voters place a ballot in the mail they might doubt the mail reached its final destination.
(Probably on his way for a short vacation in Gatlinburg/snarc)

Some Knoxville post offices cutting daily hours, halting Saturday window service.
Six Knoxville post office locations will have reduced hours, two locations will no longer be open on Saturdays (South Knox and North Knox - Broadway.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major Trump donor and seasoned logistics executive, is making a lot of possibly negative changes to the Postal Service. DeJoy was named postmaster general in May. He was previously in charge of fundraising for the Republican National Convention in Charlotte and is the first postmaster general in 20 years who has not come up through the agency’s ranks.

In a document out by the Postmaster General
, "the first memo says the agency will prohibit overtime and strictly curtail the use of other measures local postmasters use to ameliorate staffing shortages."

“This is framing the U.S. Postal Service, a 245-year-old government agency, and comparing it to its competitors that could conceivably go bankrupt,” said Philip Rubio, a professor of history at North Carolina A&T State University and a former postal worker. “Comparing it to U.S. Steel says exactly that ‘We are a business, not service.’ That’s troubling.”

The changes also worry vote-by-mail advocates, who insist that any policy that slows delivery could imperil access to mailed and absentee ballots. It reinforces the need, they say, for Congress to provide the agency emergency coronavirus funding.

This administration appears to be making extraordinary efforts to destroy the federal government.

R. Neal's picture

The Constitution says

The Constitution says Congress is in charge of creating and regulating the post office. Another dereliction of Congressional duty, ceding power and control to Trump with no accountability or oversight.

Rachel's picture

In Tennessee they give you

In Tennessee they give you info on how to check the status of your absentee ballot. I bet Hargett failed to mention that.

bizgrrl's picture

Thanks, I didn't know that.

Thanks, I didn't know that.

Rachel's picture

Me either before now. First

Me either before now. First time absentee voter.

michael kaplan's picture

Six Knoxville post office

Six Knoxville post office locations will have reduced hours, two locations will no longer be open on Saturdays (South Knox and North Knox-Broadway).

The poorest close-in neighborhoods, of course.

bizgrrl's picture

The new policies have

The new policies have resulted in at least a two-day delay in scattered parts of the country, even for express mail, according to multiple postal workers and union leaders. Letter carriers are manually sorting more mail, adding to the delivery time. Bins of mail ready for delivery are sitting in post offices because of scheduling and route changes. And without the ability to work overtime, workers say the logjam is worsening without an end in sight.
In a meeting with [Postmaster General Louis] DeJoy on Thursday, the head of one of the nation’s largest postal workers unions said he shared the “deep concerns” of postal workers that the new procedures are causing mounting backlogs that could affect the election.
[President of the APWU Mark] Dimondstein said DeJoy told him that he is committed to mail voting and providing full assistance to states as they run their elections.
former president Barack Obama decried “those in power who are doing their darndest to discourage people from voting . . . even undermining the Postal Service in the run-up to an election that’s going to be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick.”

yellowdog's picture

It is supposed to be the Postal Service, not the Postal Business

I do not believe this is anything but a Trumpian effort to undermine the election and the postal service. A two-fer for him.
Someone should ask Tim Burchett what he is going to do about it. Other efforts to undermine the USPS have gotten serious blowback from Republicans who represent rural areas.

JaHu's picture

Wasn't the appointment of

Wasn't the appointment of Dejoy an extreme conflict of interest? Not only because the fact he was Trump's top Donor but from he being vested in other private carriers. Wouldn't it be in his interest to see the Post Office fail. I feel the post office is the competing reason the other carriers have to hold their shipping prices lower. If Dejoy can force the Post Office to fail and force it out of the picture or possibly change it to a private owned corporation, then the other shippers can charge what ever they want.

"DeJoy's appointment was controversial because DeJoy and his wife have assets between $30.1 million and $75.3 million in USPS competitors or contractors."


yellowdog's picture

Yes. Grifters all.

Apparently since they are white people, it is ok.

JaHu's picture

Although I agree that you are

Although I agree that you are at least partially right. Until Trump took office, all other presidents pretty much followed the laws about job appointments. I don't understand why our republican leaders are letting Trump get by with this. I have a strong suspicion Epstien was tied into this somehow. Trump has to have something on these politicians for them to just roll over on their backs with their tails between their legs. Could just be total corruption brought on by greed tho.

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