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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Let the Votes Be Counted

Please, don’t listen to the president.

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As Counting Begins, a Flood of Mail Ballots Complicates Vote Tallies

Battleground states will use quite different methods to count the record number of mail-in ballots. But they may be the way of the future.

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Some Regions Still Experience Slow Delivery of Mail Ballots

In the final days of voting, the Postal Service is struggling to ensure timely delivery of ballots in parts of key battleground states like Pennsylvania and Michigan.

#absentee-voting, #michigan, #pennsylvania, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why This Professor Is Writing Letters for People Feeling Blue

With a typewriter and a mailbox, a sidewalk project explores the art of consoling those who need good news.

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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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Vote by Mail Deadline: Time to Vote is Running Out as Election Nears

Persistent delays and limited data have increased concerns that the Postal Service may be unable to reliably get ballots still outstanding delivered by Election Day.

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Should You FedEx Your Mail-In Ballot? No.

Experts say that people should use the United States Postal Service or a secure ballot drop box instead to make sure they are complying with vote-by-mail rules that vary by state.

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How to Steal an Election

In the old days, nobody needed help from a foreign country.

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For the Navajo Nation, ‘Everything Takes Time,’ Including Voting

Post offices are few and far between on the reservation, and mail can take a week and a half to reach the county seat. In this year’s election, that has more profound implications than ever before.

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The Fight Over Absentee Ballots Intensifies Around Drop Boxes

Democrats are pushing to expand their use, while Republicans insist, without evidence, that they make fraud easier — even as they deploy their own in California.

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Huge Absentee Vote in Key States Favors Democrats So Far

In Wisconsin, about 146,000 people voted by mail in the 2016 general election. This fall, about 647,000 people have already voted absentee, many in Democratic strongholds.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #florida, #madison-wis, #milwaukee-wis, #pennsylvania, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #wisconsin

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Justice Dept. Eases Election Fraud Inquiry Constraints as Trump Promotes False Narrative

The move comes as President Trump promotes a false narrative of widespread voter fraud ahead of the election.

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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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As Trump Sows Doubts on Mail, Democrats Push More In-Person Voting

In Philadelphia, officials are encouraging voting in person. In Wisconsin, there are ballot-return events in city parks. They reflect an unease over President Trump’s war on mail-in voting.

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How to Fix the Postal Service

Even as it becomes a focus of debate in a sharply partisan election year, the agency is crippled by economic forces outside its control. But a number of proposals, new and old, could chart a path forward.

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Both Parties Fret as More Democrats Request Mail Ballots in Key States

Republicans fear that President Trump’s rhetoric on voting by mail could depress turnout. But Democrats worry an overreliance on the mail could be damaging to their side too.

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The Attack on Voting in the 2020 Elections

The president is harnessing the power of the government, from the Department of Homeland Security to the Postal Service, to disrupt the election. Read the magazine’s five-month investigation.

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Trump Again Sows Doubt About Election as G.O.P. Scrambles to Assure Voters

President Trump declined for a second day to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the election, while Republicans, including Mitch McConnell, implicitly rebuffed him, promising an “orderly transition.”

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Woman Suspected of Sending Ricin to Trump Is Arrested

Envelopes with ricin were intercepted last week on their way to the White House, a sheriff’s office and a detention facility in Texas.

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With Six Weeks to the Election, Six Ways to Protect It

Step 1: Know how and when you’re going to vote.

#absentee-voting, #election-assistance-commission, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#absentee-voting, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #dejoy-louis, #federal-state-relations-us, #pennsylvania, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #postcards, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #washington-state

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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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Anthony M. Hopkins, Who Fought in Vietnam and the Gulf, Dies at 70

A tank commander, he earned a Purple Heart when he was badly wounded by shrapnel in an ambush in South Vietnam. Later a postal worker, he died of Covid-19.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #hopkins-anthony-m-1949-2020, #persian-gulf-war, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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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.

#colorado, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Dated 1920, a Postcard Finally Gets Delivered

Brittany Keech does not know how a message from 100 years ago landed in her mailbox. Now she’s trying to find relatives of the intended recipient.

#brittany-keech, #michigan, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #postcards

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Texas Man Sentenced to Five Years for Planting Bombs in Beaumont

Jonathan Matthew Torres “preyed upon Beaumont,” terrifying residents days after a bomb spree in Austin, federal officials said.

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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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In Year of Voting by Mail, a Scramble to Beef Up In-Person Voting, Too

Communities are running short on time to hire poll workers and reconfigure in-person voting to make it safe during a pandemic.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #james-lebron, #maricopa-county-ariz, #more-than-a-vote, #philadelphia-pa, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #trump-donald-j, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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A Big 2020 Campaign Question: Wait, What Day Is It?

Time is marching on, toward Election Day. Somehow.

#absentee-voting, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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One Family Has Delivered the Mail by Boat for 115 Years. Is This the Last?

Since 1905, four generations of Quinns have delivered letters, packages and passengers to the islands of Penobscot Bay. A lost summer could sink the tradition.

#boats-and-boating, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fuller-buckminster, #maine, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #summer-season

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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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How a Smooth Election in Massachusetts Could Be a Cautionary Tale

Election experts said that Tuesday’s primary offered a mix of smart policies and harsh deadlines, and that the state benefited from not having a highly charged political atmosphere.

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This Is Democrats’ Doomsday Scenario for Election Night

What if early results in swing states on Nov. 3 show President Trump ahead, and he declares victory before heavily Democratic mail-in votes, which he has falsely linked with fraud, are fully counted?

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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.

#absentee-voting, #dejoy-louis, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #maloney-carolyn-b, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #subpoenas, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Are You an American Voting From Abroad? Here’s How to Do It

The pandemic has made it more complicated to vote from overseas this year, so it’s best to do it early. Voters from some states need to be extra careful.

#absentee-voting, #americans-abroad, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump’s Campaign of Chaos

The president’s behavior is that of a desperate man.

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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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Congress Moves Toward Vote to Block U.S.P.S. Changes

The Democratic bill up for debate would send $25 billion to the Postal Service and reverse changes that have slowed service until after November’s election.

#absentee-voting, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #republican-party, #stimulus-economic

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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.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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New Yorkers Can Mail In Ballots, but Will the Vote Go Smoothly?

The state, which struggled with mail-in voting in the June primaries, is gearing up for a much greater volume of votes in November.

#absentee-voting, #cuomo-andrew-m, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #voting-and-voters

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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.

#dejoy-louis, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #mail-order-companies, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #trump-donald-j, #veterans, #your-feed-healthcare

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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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #dejoy-louis, #democratic-party, #polls-and-public-opinion, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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The Post Office Is Perfectly Capable of Handling Election Mail

I was a regulator of the Postal Service for nearly 18 years under three presidents. Everyone should stay calm.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #house-of-representatives, #postal-regulatory-commission, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Trump’s Post Office Mess Is Meant to Exhaust You

Trump is “flooding the zone.” It’s a form of modern censorship.

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