Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Florida Politics

Alcee Hastings Wants More Funds for the US Postal Service to Expand Vote-by-Mail Systems

At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., wrote U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, advocating for additional funding for the United States Postal Service (USPS) “in anticipation of the increased demand on the USPS as more states and jurisdictions allow vote-by-mail ballots in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Share Story Via Text or E-Mail

At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., wrote U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, advocating for additional funding for the United States Postal Service (USPS) “in anticipation of the increased demand on the USPS as more states and jurisdictions allow vote-by-mail ballots in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The congressman’s office offered some of the rationale for his letter.

“More than a dozen primary elections throughout our nation have been interrupted by this pandemic, and many Americans have been advised to shelter in place or stay at home. Congress should move quickly to provide USPS funding so that states can successfully implement vote-by-mail systems and ensure that Americans wishing to vote can do so in a way that protects their health and their ballot,” Hastings’ office noted.

The letter is below:

Dear Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer:

As you continue to formulate a Phase IV legislative package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I respectfully urge you to include robust funding for the United States Postal Service (USPS) to help states and jurisdictions successfully implement vote-by-mail systems for the upcoming November elections.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform life across our nation, with millions of Americans sheltering in place to help mitigate the virus’s spread. This strategy has already interrupted and delayed at least 15 primary elections throughout the United States and will likely continue to impact elections through the summer and quite possibly through the end of the year, as medical experts have warned of second- and third-wave outbreaks of COVID-19.

As we continue to adapt to this new reality, Americans must not be forced to choose between the voting box and their health. Therefore, we must take appropriate steps now to ensure all Americans wishing to exercise their franchise are able to do so through primary season and the general election in November in a way that protects their health and their ballot. Indeed, the Supreme Court’s decision refusing to extend the deadline for absentee voting in Wisconsin in Republican National Committee, Et Al. v. Democratic National Committee, Et Al. underlines the novel and complicated issues that will quickly be fought in district courts across the country and is evidence of why Congress should move with all due haste to provide states with the ability to implement robust and secure vote-by-mail systems in time for the general election. The USPS will play a central role in all of these systems as ballots are sent out to voters and returned to election officials.

See also  Opinion: Biden Will Be Replaced Ultimately Because More Exposure Will Only Confirm What Americans Already See

The bipartisan CARES Act signed by President Donald Trump allocated $400 million for states to help prepare for the 2020 elections, increase the ability to vote by mail, expand early voting and online registration, and increase the safety of voting in-person by providing additional voting facilities and poll-workers. The CARES Act, however, only allowed the postal service to borrow up to $10 billion to survive, an insufficient amount for ensuring vote-by-mail programs succeed nationwide. As our country continues to respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, I urge you to ensure the USPS has the resources it needs to accommodate a surge in vote-by-mail ballots to help states ensure its voters are counted.

 

 

Author

  • Florida Daily

    Florida Daily offers news, insights and analysis as we cover the most important issues in the state, from education, to business and politics.

    View all posts
Share Story Via Text or E-Mail
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Follow Us on Social Media

Ed Dean: Publisher

 

Ed Dean is a leading radio and news media personality including hosting the #1 statewide radio talk show in Florida. Contact Ed.Dean@FloridaDaily.com

Article Archives

Related Stories

Elections

Two weeks after President Joe Biden’s poor debate performance spurred panic among Democratic Party leadership, new poll results indicate that American voters are skeptical...

Elections

Calls for President Joe Biden to not run for reelection are going nowhere with Joe. He, Jill, convicted felon-Hunter, and the rest of the...

Elections

Instead of a long-drawn-out platform, the Trump campaign has directed the Republican Party to streamline its views on certain positions while ignoring others the...

Elections

The national media is trying to suggest that President Joe Biden can win Florida. Democrats and the press have several reasons for suggesting that...

Elections

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready... A poll known for right-leaning sample audiences revealed recent poll numbers that show 80% of voters surveyed said...

Elections

There seems to be some confusion between the Biden Campaign and Florida Democrats regarding their role in Florida’s 2024 election. Puck News reports that...

Economy

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready... Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz (R) and his Republican colleague Thomas Massie (KY) introduced the Tax Free Tips Act...

Elections

On multiple occasions, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis emphasized that he has no interest in the role of Vice President for a potential second term...