THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
In recent weeks, a number of concerns have been raised regarding the US Postal Service, with former Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman warning that planned changes to the service could "disenfranchise" voters, particularly in the event that the coronavirus pandemic leads to a higher volume of mail in votes for the 2020 US Elections.
The mail in issue is more pronounced for overseas American voters. Because of existing delays for international mail due to Covid-19, any additional domestic delays within the US postal environment could lead to thousands of US Citizens who live abroad being unable to register and submit their ballot papers in time.
Addressing some of the concerns, the Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, yesterday, August 18, issued a statement which said "The United States Postal Service will play a critical role this year in delivering election mail for millions of voters across the country."
In the statement, DeJoy reassured voters that "Even with the challenges of keeping our employees and customers safe and healthy as they operate amid a pandemic, we will deliver the nation's election mail on time and within our well-established service standards. The American public should know that this is our number one priority between now and election day."
The statement goes on to announce an "expansion of our current leadership taskforce on election mail to enhance our ongoing work and partnership with state and local election officials in jurisdictions throughout the country". DeJoy also confirmed that operational changes like those cited by Mr Stroman will be "suspended ... until after the election is concluded."
Although this statement may reassure American voters, it remains imperative for overseas Americans to register their right to vote as soon as possible to avoid any other hurdles in the international mailing process.
To find out more details on registering and voting as an overseas American, check out the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) via www.fvap.gov. The full statement from the Postmaster General can be found via the USPS Newsroom