On August 10, President Donald Trump was under fire due to changes in post office protocol, allegedly to make it harder to cast a vote in the upcoming presidential elections. Over 20 states have filed lawsuits against Trump, as well as against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, since then.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, mail-in ballots are expected to make up a large number of the ballots sent in this year, due to a nationwide need to social distance from other people by avoiding tight and crowded places. Despite the need for a quick and reliable way of getting the votes in on time, the post office claims many ballots will not be sent in time to be accounted for, due to budget restraints on the National Postal Service.
“It’s crazy what Donald Trump is doing,” said Wyatt Harris, a junior. “I don’t think we shouldn’t even have mail in ballots in the first place.”
Soon after allegations of this reached the press, Trump held a press conference confirming the Post Office would not be able to function properly during this election without the budget he is withholding. In spite of this, Trump also claimed he wanted the post office to speed up mail production without the budget deemed necessary. Many states are not taking these budget cuts lightly.
“I think Trump is a very corrupt individual, so suing him can put him in his place and remind future presidents that the US is not a dictatorship, it’s a democracy,” said Carson Pershina, a junior.
DeJoy repeatedly denied the claims, instead expressing confidence that the post office will be able to handle an influx of mail during the election without a single extra dollar spent. During DeJoy’s court meeting on August 24, he explicitly stated that the postal service can handle the influx of ballots this year.
“I think that’s overly optimistic and clearly just talk,” said Gary Lane, parent. “The Postal Service has trouble working as it is, being millions of dollars in debt, why would they start doing everything perfectly now.”
The question of whether the budget cuts remain is still being decided upon by the courts.