NJ Democrat Congressman Says U.S. Postal Service Not Ready for November Election

TOMS RIVER, NJ – Democrat Congressman Andy Kim today said a long-running problem with the U.S. Postal Service is only getting worse as America heads toward a possible mail-in election for President.  Kim was interviewed on NJTV and said he has concerns about the postal service’s ability to conduct a proper mail-in election.

“It’s been almost a month since I took my first action to press the Postmaster General on reports of delayed service. Since then, we’ve only seen things get worse. We can’t wait any longer; the Postmaster General needs to be removed immediately,” Kim said.

It’s not just mail-in ballots that the post office has screwed up during the global COVID-19 pandemic.  Veterans and seniors are not getting their benefits.  Unemployment checks are late and in July, many mail-in ballots in the primary election never showed up to be counted.

“We have veterans not getting prescription medications that they need, seniors not getting their medications, people not getting their unemployment checks on time,” Kim said in the interview. “There’s certainly a concern as well about what will happen when it comes to mail-in ballots for Election Day.”

The article cites Hunterdon County Clerk Mary Melfi who said her office is still receiving ballots for the July election in August, one month later.

“I mean, today, even today, I’m still getting ballots back from the primary. I mean a couple of weeks ago, I got a ballot back from the 2018 election,” she said in the PBS interview.

Kim shared a story by NJTV today that detailed why the U.S. Postal Service cannot handle the November election unless things change.



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