The Post Office has been in America since before there was the United States.
Donald Trump, as fellow writer AZ Blue Meanie has ably recounted in several articles, is at war with it.
To stop what he perceives in his Stable Genius mind, a horde of Anti Trump votes coming through mail-in ballots.
His war on the mail is Anti-Democratic and, like his reaction to the Coronavirus, can cause harm to people who receive medical treatments through the mail and financial assistance like monthly Social Security payments.
Several leading Arizona Democrats have voiced their concerns on Mr. Trumps War on the Post Office and Democracy.
Please see their responses below.
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs
In Arizona, it’s against the law to “delay the delivery of a ballot.” I’ve asked Attorney General Brnovich to investigate recent changes at USPS, and whether or not the Trump administration has committed a crime. pic.twitter.com/fwEV86RIIT
— Secretary Katie Hobbs (@SecretaryHobbs) August 14, 2020
Arizona Democratic Party Chairperson Felecia Rotellini
“Trump admitted that he is deliberately sabotaging the Post Office because he thinks it will help boost his reelection. Seniors, small businesses, veterans and rural areas rely on the Postal Service, especially in a pandemic. This desperate gambit underscores how much Trump is terrified of being held accountable. He knows Americans are sick of his chaos and incompetence. And he’s scared of voters making their voices heard.”
Congressional District Two Representative Ann Kirkpatrick
Generations of Americans have fought to give more people the right to vote in our democracy. The Trump Administration is blatantly attacking these rights by dismantling an essential American service to aid his reelection. https://t.co/N61ltCVJZp
— Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (@RepKirkpatrick) August 17, 2020
Congressional District Seven Representative Ruben Gallego
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is a Trump political crony who has weaponized the postal service for his partisan political agenda. 1/
— Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) August 17, 2020
Congressional District Four Representative Raul Grijalva
Having a reliable, efficient and fully-funded @USPS has never been more important. By undermining the post office, Trump is attacking the ballot box and threatening the delivery of medicine & other vital packages. #SaveTheUSPS https://t.co/Kg10FnPk0l
— Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) August 11, 2020
Congressional District One Representative Tom O’Halleran
“90% of veterans receive their medications by way of the USPS. The military votes by mail, and the President and Vice President both voted by mail in 2018. Arizona’s mail-in voting infrastructure has protected the right to vote successfully for years now. Every citizen has the right to safely participate in our democratic process and receive their needed medications, tax refunds, Social Security payments, regular paychecks, and newly-issued Economic Impact Payments—many of which have yet to reach American families because of postal delay.”
“We must ensure now, more than ever, that the USPS can continue to operate without delay and free of political threat. Action is needed, urgently.”
Congressional District Nine Representative Greg Stanton
The @USPS isn't partisan—it's an essential service enshrined in our Constitution.
But this administration has launched an all-out assault on the Postal Service to try to block Americans from voting this November. https://t.co/4apKauGRob
— Rep. Greg Stanton (@RepGregStanton) August 13, 2020
Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes
I respect the Office of the President, but threatening to hold Americans’ votes hostage is unhelpful.
AZ’s system works well. @dougducey recently told you this in person.
Mr. President @realDonaldTrump, win or lose, please help us to #ProtectDemocracy https://t.co/DjOWwN5IfL
— Adrian Fontes (@Adrian_Fontes) August 13, 2020
Maricopa County Party Chairperson Steven Slugocki
“The Maricopa County Democratic Party (MCDP) is ready and prepared no matter what. These baseless attacks on the USPS by Trump and his cronies are a coordinated attack on our free and fair election system. “
“We condemn the recent changes to the USPS and applaud the work of both Adrian Fontes here in Maricopa County and Katie Hobbs at the state-level. They are ensuring our democracy continues to be free and fair for all eligible to vote.”
Legislative District 18 State Representative Jennifer Jermaine
“For many people, access to routine and timely deliveries of mail is life and death. Prescription medications are delivered via USPS mail. Social security checks and disabled Veterans benefits checks are delivered via USPS mail. SNAP/TANF debit cards are delivered via USPS mail. Disruption or purposeful slowing down of USPS mail service by removing mechanical efficiencies is abhorrent.”
Legislative District 30 State Representative Raquel Teran
“Make no mistake, President Trump’s sabotaging of the United States Post Office — and the across-the-board Republican silence about it — is all about undermining the successful ballot-by-mail process that Arizona has had in place for decades.”
“Governor Ducey’s answer to reporters asking about this issue this week completely missed the point. Yes, Arizona does have one of the best and most secure ballot-by-mail systems in the country. That doesn’t protect it from irreparable harm by President Trump dismantling the Post Office, potentially disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of voters in our state.”
“I strongly support Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ call for an Attorney General investigation of Trump’s actions in Arizona, where it is against the law to ‘knowingly delay the delivery of a ballot.”
“The vast majority of Arizona voters – Republicans, Democrats and independents — vote early. We must stand together against this attack on our sacred right to vote, and I encourage our county recorders and the Secretary of State’s office to continue their efforts on voter education to help make sure all eligible votes are counted and that voters do not have to risk their health and safety in order to participate in our democracy. In this unprecedented time of the pandemic, all voters must have confidence that their mailed-in ballot will be properly and safely delivered to our county recorders. They shouldn’t have to worry about whether the Post Office will be hamstrung by officials in Washington who don’t understand how well Arizona runs its ballot-by-mail programs.”
Democratic Senate Nominee Captain Mark Kelly
Political attacks on USPS could have real-life consequences for rural Arizonans, small business owners, seniors and veterans who get prescriptions in the mail, and Arizonans trying to vote by mail. Congress must demand answers and, if necessary, provide emergency funding to USPS.
— Captain Mark Kelly (@CaptMarkKelly) August 17, 2020
Congressional District Four Democratic Nominee Delina DiSanto
Congress has to address this now! Veterans gave their lives for us! U.S. Senators say they’ve heard from hundreds of veterans, as well as Dept of Veterans Affairs staff, who cited weekslong mail delays “causing veterans to miss doses of vital medications.”https://t.co/w3TOkWmIwh
— Delina DiSanto (@delina4az) August 17, 2020
Congressional District Five Democratic Nominee Joan Greene
“Trump’s attack on the Postal Service is an attack on our families’ lives and livelihoods.
We rely on the post office to connect our rural areas with the rest of the community, life-saving prescription drugs are delivered by mail, jobs are created, families are able to stay in touch with a birthday or special event card, businesses thrive and of course, our right to vote by mail is seamless because of the post office.”
Congressional District Eight Democratic Nominee Michael Muscato
The postal service delivered 143 billion pieces of mail in 2019. Two months before an election our POTUS and PMG are destroying the USPS over losing $8B in 2019.
Raise the price 10 cents per piece of mail and magically the USPS becomes profitable by $6.3B
— Michael Muscato For Congress (@michael_muscato) August 17, 2020
Pima County Recorder Democratic Nominee Gabriella Cazares-Kelly
“What we’re dealing with is a scare tactic to prevent people from participating in our elections. It is important to stay informed and reach out to government officials, such as the Secretary of State and your County Recorder for current, region-specific information. Follow them on social media for updates and remember that the most important tool to combat misinformation is knowledge.”
“Please continue to support the efforts of the Post Office, a trusted government agency who’s dedicated 7.5 million workers deliver life-saving medications and provide critical services and access to rural areas every day”.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors District Three Nominee Donna Michaels
“I am, along with many citizens across this country deeply troubled by any changes in our present postal system especially so close to an election. In fact, I understand that today Secretary of State, Katie Hobbs has requested Mark Brnovich, Arizona Attorney General to investigate the legality of the recent “restructuring” ordered by the Postmaster-General, Mr. De Joy, and the White House that are presently underway. These actions, at this time, can only be interpreted as an assault on our democracy. Voters have enough to navigate during the COVID 19 Pandemic without adding the frightening prospect of how to stay safe while casting their ballot. Any impediment to voting during a Pandemic is nothing short of voter suppression for those who must self-isolate. I urge every eligible voter to exercise their right to vote by early ballot in order to stay safe in this Pandemic if at all possible. We must do all that we can as citizens to participate in elections through our votes while taking public health precautions during these most uncertain and challenging times.”
Legislative District One State House Democratic Nominee Judy Stahl
“The United States Postal Service must be adequately funded to safeguard our democracy. With so many Americans planning to vote by mail this year, the ability of USPS to function effectively is of vital importance to the legitimacy of the November 3 election. Any political move to prevent USPS from delivering ballots in a timely manner is a flagrant attempt to disrupt the election process and invalidate the results. USPS has always been a generator of commerce and a reliable means of communicating to even the remotest of places. But in this election year, with health concerns keeping people from the polls, USPS is nothing less than a champion of our democracy.”
Legislative District Eight State House Democratic Nominee Sharon Girard
“The current administration is taking direct steps to undermine the mission and the very existence of the USPS.”
“The case is overwhelming that the Postal Service is being sabotaged for purely nefarious political reasons. Without any evidence whatsoever, the administration is falsely claiming that mailed-in ballots are somehow compromised. Many states have been voting by mail for many years with the rate of fraud is less than 0.00025%.”
“Taking direct aim at the Vote-By-Mail process, each county that mails ballots could suddenly see their per piece cost nearly triple – from 20 cents to 55 cents. Voter confidence is being undermined to impact the 2020 election results. Contact your members of Congress to immediately address this assault on our democracy.”
Legislative District 13 State House Democratic Nominee Mariana Sandoval
“The entire country depends on the US Postal Service. Businesses trying to keep their doors open, veterans waiting for prescription drugs, seniors waiting for their social security checks and VOTERS that do not want to risk their lives to vote during a worldwide pandemic. The recent organizational changes made under the current leadership threaten to delay mail delivery. The timing of such changes is very convenient for the sitting president. A record number of people are expected to rely on USPS when exercising their right to vote and making these changes just months before a major presidential election will interfere with Americans’ ability to vote safely by mail. If we don’t correct this immediately, we will all become collateral damage of Trump’s attempt to suppress the vote. Instead of attempting to suppress our vote he should focus on suppressing COVID19.”
Tempe Union High School Governing Board Nominee Armando Montero
“The United States Postal Service is a core part of the federal government that not only employs hundreds of thousands of hard-working individuals but also provides an irreplaceable service that connects communities and families across the country. This year more than ever, we will by relying on voting by mail to ensure that everyone has the chance to make their voice heard during the General Election. The current attacks on the USPS will have adverse effects on the election process this fall and prevent many voters from having their voices heard. We all must take steps to ensure that the USPS remains alive and healthy before and after the 2020 election.”
Voters need to turn out in November and stop the President of Betrayal.
They need to save the American Ideal and soul of the country.
They need to protect our Democratic Republic from the aspiring American Duce.
- The General Election Day is on November 3. 2020. Please see the below graphic for all-important voting dates.
- Please check your voter registration at vote.
- Register/sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) in Arizona or any state that allows early or absentee balloting and mail. Arizona residents can sign up at vote.
- Arizona residents, mail your General Election ballot by October 28, 2020, for the November 3, 2020 election. With recent issues with the Post Office, you should consider mailing them out by October 23, 2020, if not earlier.
- Check-in with the Secretary of State’s office where you live to verify your mail-in ballot was received, processed, verified, and counted.
- Know the voter ID requirements in your state.
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- Also, please remember to stay informed on all the candidates and vote for all the offices on the ballot.
- Also, remember to research all the ballot initiatives, sign to get them on the ballot if you support the measure, and vote on them as well.