Virus-crippled Postal Service could put a crimp in 2020 election plans

Virus-crippled Postal Service could put a crimp in 2020 election plans
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[Ed. – So the genius plan to do the whole thing via vote-by-mail may have another kink to work out.]

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated problems for the U.S. Postal Service and sparked a debate in Washington, D.C., that could carry major ramifications for the November general election. …

Federal officials said they expect things to worsen in coming months, projecting mail volume will be down 50% in the second quarter, which runs April through June.

Postmaster General Megan Brennan also told Congress last month she expects USPS will run out of cash by the end of September if it doesn’t receive government assistance, and the service has projected it could lose more than $23 billion over the next 18 months.

Those financial woes — and a partisan debate about financially assisting the agency — has raised the specter that postal services may be limited come November, which would affect the general election, elections officials and researchers said.

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