Referring to several postal workers and union leaders, the Post said that in some parts of the country there was at least a two-day delay in receiving mail, including for express mail, due to the new policy of the US Postal Service.
The current backlog is exacerbated by the fact that workers fear that they will not be able to find all the ballots in time for voters to process them, the newspaper said.
The new procedures for the USPS were outlined in a report earlier this month and led by Postal General Louis DeJ, a longtime supporter and fundraiser of Donald Trump, who took office in June.
In a statement to CNN on Thursday, the USPS acknowledged some of the “temporary consequences of service”; from recent changes, but denied concern that its cost-cutting and efficiency measures imposed by DeJoy would impede the timely delivery of votes by mail.
“However, to be clear, and despite any allegations to the contrary, we do not delay election mail or any other mail. Instead, we continue to use a reliable and proven process to ensure that all election mail that meets our standards is properly handled. , “This was stated by USPS spokesman David Partenheimer.
The new rules include a reduction in hours at the U.S. Postal Service, according to a report received by CNN showing points of conversation provided to USPS executives across the country on July 10.
According to the report, overtime, including late travel and additional travel by USPS staff, is no longer allowed or accepted. This is due to a cost-cutting measure that could save the financially struggling US about $ 200 million.
“One aspect of these changes that can be difficult for employees is that it’s temporary – we may see mail left behind, or mail on the floor of the study or docks … which is not typical,” the statement said. .
The report states that any remaining mail will be notified of the “root causes” of delays addressed the next day, with the intention that the amount of mail delays will decrease over time, but the reality remains unclear as the changes are new.
Partenheimer said that any “such impact will be controlled and temporary, as the root causes of any issues will be addressed as needed and remedied as necessary.”
He went on to say that DeJoy was not perceived under Trump’s influence and that “the notion that the General Post makes decisions about the postal service on the instructions of the president is completely wrong and unfounded.”
“While the USPS is currently able to finance its operating expenses without additional borrowing, we are pleased to agree on the material terms of the loan if the need arises,” Finance Minister Stephen Mnuchin said in a statement.
“If funding doesn’t come in, everything we do, including voting by mail, will be a lot harder,” Dimondstein told CNN.
Mary Kay Malloni, Ellie Kaufman and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.