Democrats are desperate to win in 2020, and they are counting on universal vote-by-mail to do so. Presumably, USPS mail collection boxes are an important part of their plan because they are hysterically accusing President Trump of “suppressing” the vote by removing postal collection boxes — the problem is, the Obama administration oversaw the removal of thousands of collection boxes as well.
Democrat candidate Joe Biden recently brought up the collection boxes:
I was joking earlier with a couple on the call. I wonder if you’re outside trying to hold down your mailboxes. They’re going around literally with tractor-trailers picking up mailboxes. You oughta go online and check out what they’re doing in Oregon. I mean, it’s bizarre!”
Is it bizarre, or is it just business as usual for the USPS? The facts are that the USPS has been reducing the number of boxes for years, for financial reasons, and without regard to whom is in the White House.
According to The Hill:
USPS spokesperson Kimberly Frum said the Postal Service has for decades installed and removed its “iconic blue” collection mailboxes based on the volume of mail received to each. Frum also said that low-volume mailboxes are a financial drag on the Postal Service, which lost more than $2 billion in the second quarter.
Does anyone remember any wild-eyed Republicans back in ’16 accusing Obama of suppressing the vote by removing collection boxes? Turns out that during the Obama/Biden years 2011-2016, 12,000 postal collection boxes were removed. Back in 2016, the USPS explained that:
Nationally, the number of collection boxes declined by more than 12,000 in the past 5 years.
But don’t confuse Democrats with facts. They are sure the removal of barely used collection boxes is an evil plot designed to suppress the vote.
Because of the outcry from the Democrats, the USPS decided to stop picking up the little-used collection boxes in western states until after the 2020 election.
The number of collection boxes is not the real problem with using the USPS to deliver the vote on November 3, 2020. They warned the states at the end of July that ballots might not be delivered in time:
The US Postal Service warned almost all of the 50 states and Washington, DC, that voters could be at risk of not getting their ballots back to election offices in time to be counted because election rules are not compatible with the time needed for delivery and return of absentee ballots through the mail.
President Trump has been saying that the USPS cannot handle the mail-in-ballots in a timely manner and that the results of the election would be delayed for weeks. The delays would provide plenty of opportunity for fraud.