A ban on postal workers’ ability to co-sign absentee ballots could determine the election.

In this election cycle, however, not only are vastly more residents choosing to vote by mail—absentee ballot requests in Wisconsin, for instance, have more than doubled compared to 2016—but, in a much under-covered move, the U.S. Postal Service under Donald Trump’s handpicked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy issued an order this summer forbidding Postal Service employees from providing witness signatures on voters’ absentee ballots.

Over the last several weeks, postal union officials have pushed DeJoy’s top lieutenants to rescind the prohibition. They’ve argued that it’s a service that letter carriers and clerks have long offered and is more necessary than ever in an election marked by COVID-19 and record levels of absentee voting. Last week, however, the USPS national management refused a final plea from the unions to reverse the order.

That could have major implications. Presidential polling margins in North Carolina and Wisconsin are narrow: +1.8 for Biden in the former, +4.6 for Biden in the latter, according to the latest Real Clear Politics average. And the Senate races in South Carolina between Lindsey Graham and Jaime Harrison and in North Carolina between Thom Tillis and Cal Cunningham are similarly close. If enough voters are impacted by the witness signature requirement in those states, it could influence the outcome of the election.


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Postal employees are still government employees subject to the Hatch Act… This is simply a roadblock to disenfranchise voters… Oh… Another political game by the political postmaster general?…….

Look out Postal Employees, cause after the Election and Christmas Mail the Postmaster General will be back disassembling mail processing machines and cutting major jobs in Maintenance Operations. No more overtime, contract is up in May of 21 for APWU members, get ready for big, big cuts. Do not STRIKE otherwise they will do to you just like they did to the air traffic controllers, fire all who went on strike. Fight the fight, stay Union strong. Good Luck to All!

I don’t agree entirely about the strike part. If, and that is a BIG if, all craft unions went on strike and stuck together how the hell would the USPS be able to operate without 600,000 employees.

I know, it’s a big if, and everyone wouldn’t have the balls to do it.