USPS Chief Stops Controversial Changes Until After Election

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has buckled to some pressure, announcing he will suspend the controversial changes he had implemented to the U.S. Postal Service until after the presidential election, according to NPR.

“To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded,” DeJoy said in a statement.

His decision comes in the midst of Democratic attorney generals in 20 states nationwide saying they plan to sue over the changes, according to CNN. They plan to argue that DeJoy illegally changed mail procedures before the November election. This as postal demand is expected to increase in light of the high number of mail-in ballots that may flood in from voters afraid to go to the polls in person due to the pandemic. 

DeJoy now says retail hours at post offices won’t change. Additionally, mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes will stay in place and no mail processing facilities will close now. He also plans to approve overtime postal employees when it is needed. 

DeJoy, a donor to President Donald Trump, took over his current post in June. Congressional Democrats have ramped up the heat against DeJoy this week over the changes. He is scheduled to testify before a Senate committee Friday and before the House Oversight Committee next week. Trump and some other Republicans have been dismissing mail-in voting in recent weeks, claiming it will lead to voter fraud.