After Warnings It Could Go Off the Rails, the Election Actually Ran Smoothly

Amid the logistical challenges of voting in a pandemic, and despite threats of foreign interference, violence and disinformation, the machinery of democracy held up quite well.

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Lingering Mail Problems Worry Voters in Final Week of Election

The Postal Service’s performance has not been as bad as initially feared, but handling of mail ballots has been inconsistent enough that some people are choosing to vote in person.

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For Postal Workers, the Challenges Go Way Beyond Ballots

Ensuring that the nation can vote by mail is just one of many issues facing the Postal Service, most of which will remain after the election is over.

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Was That Ride on the Trump Train Worth It?

The president has proved as hazardous to his allies as to his enemies.

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As Courts Back Broad Mail-In Voting, DeJoy Apologizes for Missteps

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy privately apologized to election officials for failing to consult about a postcard that was sent to educate voters on mail-in ballots.

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Postal Service and State Officials Feud Over Mail Voting as Election Looms

The finger-pointing appears to be a pre-emptive effort to assign blame in the event of election chaos as a record number of Americans are expected to vote by mail because of the pandemic.

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Colorado Official Sues Postal Service Over Election Mailer She Says Misleads Voters

The suit comes as the Postal Service has drawn scrutiny for a mail delivery slowdown that Democrats have charged are part of an effort by President Trump to hobble mail-in voting to bolster his re-election.

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Postal Service to Tap Republican Lobbyist to Quell Mounting Scrutiny

Facing multiple investigations and calls for his ouster, the postmaster general turned to a G.O.P. lobbyist viewed as adept at reaching out to Democrats.

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Democrats Fear Partisan Slant at Postal Service as Trump Allies Dominate Most of Board

The five Republicans on the seven-member board have taken a hands-on role in trying to defend the agency against accusations that it is trying to help the president win a second term by sabotaging voting by mail.

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DeJoy Pressured Workers to Donate to G.O.P. Candidates, Former Employees Say

Former employees at New Breed Logistics say they were expected to donate to candidates whom their executive, Louis DeJoy, was supporting, and would be rewarded through yearly bonuses.

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Postal Service Has Paid Louis DeJoy’s Former Company $286 Million Since 2013

Documents obtained through a public records request showed the degree to which XPO Logistics, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former employer, is intertwined with the agency he now oversees.

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1 Million Primary Ballots Were Mailed Late, Postal Service Watchdog Says

The findings underscore deep concerns about whether the agency will be able to process what is expected to be a significant increase in mail-in votes for the presidential election.

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House Panel to Subpoena DeJoy Over Mail Delays and Trump Communications

The chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee said the postmaster general had withheld requested documents, telling her panel his verbal testimony should suffice.

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DeJoy Defends Postal Changes as Trump Continues to Attack Voting by Mail

Facing tough questioning from a House panel, the postmaster general denounced suggestions that he was working to help President Trump politically and defended the cost-cutting changes he has overseen.

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DeJoy Will Be Questioned Again Amid Mail-In Voting Concerns

Louis DeJoy will return to Capitol Hill on Monday to defend his tenure as postmaster general. He is expected to receive a chilly reception from Democratic lawmakers on a key House panel.

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Mnuchin Paved Way for Postal Service Shake-Up

At President Trump’s behest, the Treasury Secretary sought out appointees who would restructure the United States Postal Service.

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DeJoy Tells Senators Election Mail Will Be Delivered ‘Fully and on Time’

The postmaster general, under fire for recent changes that have slowed mail delivery, defended his approach and asked Congress to help free the Postal Service from costly retirement obligations.

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Postal Crisis Hits Rural America Hard

The Postal Service is crucial to farmers and rural areas that President Trump won in 2016. Now, residents worry it is being dismantled.

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Here’s What to Watch as the Postmaster General Testifies Before Congress

Louis DeJoy’s appearance before the Senate Homeland Security Committee will be his first congressional testimony since he suspended cost-cutting measures at the Postal Service.

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Former Postal Governor Tells Congress Mnuchin Politicized Postal Service

David C. Williams also told Congress he raised concerns about Louis DeJoy ahead of his hiring as Postmaster General.

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Former Postal Governor Says He Raised Concerns About Louis DeJoy

David C. Williams, who will testify before lawmakers on Thursday, told Congress he had suggested his fellow governors investigate the new postmaster general’s background ahead of his hiring.

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U.S. Mail Delays Slow Delivery of Medicines

In addition to concerns over mail-in voting, the cost-cutting at the Postal Service affects the millions of people who get their prescriptions by mail.

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Decision to Halt Postal Changes Does Little to Quell Election Concerns

Democrats are calling on Louis DeJoy to step down amid concerns that changes already made could disenfranchise voters in November.

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The President, the Postal Service and the Election

Recent cuts have raised a question: Is President Trump deliberately slowing the mail to help his chances in the election?

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USPS Suspends Changes After Outcry Over Delivery Slowdown

Policy changes by the postmaster general prompted allegations that the Trump administration was trying to disenfranchise voters before the 2020 election.

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Will 2020’s Election Be the End of Our Democracy?

A free and fair vote and the prospect of a peaceful transfer of power are both in question.

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DeJoy Earned Millions From Company With Financial Ties to Postal Service

The postmaster general, under fire for his business ties and his cost-cutting measures, will testify before the House next week.

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Pelosi to Recall House for Postal Service Vote as Democrats Press for DeJoy to Testify

The House will cut short its summer recess to consider legislation that would counter changes at the Postal Service that critics say undermine casting ballots by mail.

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Who is Louis DeJoy?

The official at the center of the controversy over the Postal Service is a major Trump donor with a career in logistics.

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Postal Crisis Ripples Across Nation as Election Looms

President Trump’s furious objection to mail-in balloting and a new Trump-allied postmaster general are raising fears about the election and the Postal Service.

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Postal Service Warns States It May Not Meet Mail-In Ballot Deadlines

The agency suggested allowing at least 15 days to request a ballot, fueling further criticism that it was making it harder to vote during the pandemic.

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USPS and Mail-In Ballots: States Warned It May Not Meet Deadlines

The agency suggested allowing at least 15 days to request a ballot, fueling further criticism that it was making it harder to vote during the pandemic.

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Trump’s Cabinet From Hell

The contest is over. Meet the winning Worst.

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A New Clash Over Mail Voting: The Cost of the Postage

Senator Chuck Schumer assailed the Postal Service for what he said was an effort to triple the cost to states of sending out mail-in ballots. The service said it was just a suggestion to use first-class mail.

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Postal Service Leader Sets Reorganization Amid Scrutiny Over Mail Ballots

The Trump appointee and donor who runs the post office pledged that such changes would not affect the ability to deliver ballots on time this fall.

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Trump Doesn’t Need the Most Votes. What if He Doesn’t Even Want Them?

Government of the minority, chosen by a minority, on behalf of a minority, is not what Lincoln had in mind at Gettysburg.

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Voting by Mail Is Crucial for Democracy

Especially amid the pandemic, it’s the surest path to a more inclusive, more accurate and more secure election.

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Voting by Mail Could Save Lives and American Democracy

Especially amid the pandemic, it’s the surest path to a more inclusive, more accurate and more secure election.

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Mail Delays Fuel Concern Trump Is Undercutting Postal System Ahead of Voting

The president’s long campaign against the Postal Service is intersecting with his assault on mail-in voting amid concerns that he has politicized oversight of the agency.

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