U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-North Bergen) thinks the U.S. Postal Service has the capacity to administer an all-vote-by-mail general election, but he also thinks President Donald Trump’s administration is looking to make sure the agency flounders.
“Well, listen, it can be handled. That’s one of the reasons the house passed, in addition to everything else, monies for election security and response,” Menendez said. “You need to make sure the postal service has the resources because of the additional incredible demand, but it definitely can be handled.”
In May, delays at USPS saw some completed mail-in ballots take weeks to reach election officials. The process appears to have gone more smoothly in the state’s July primaries, but changes at the Postal Service may mean the results won’t hold for the general election.
Under Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a top Trump donor who took the office in June, the Postal Service has instituted a new policy delaying some mail in a bid to save the agency roughly $200 million.
Critics, Menendez and postal worker unions included, have raised alarms over the policy, which they fear could impact the delivery of mail-in ballots in November.
“I think this postmaster general, who is a Trump acolyte, is doing everything he can to help the president in terms of results,” Menendez said.
States are handling their elections differently, but mail-in voting is expected to play a significant role in New Jersey’s general elections.
On that front, the state will have to rely on USPS, but it remains to be seen whether the beleaguered agency will find itself up to the task.
“If you want to undermine the election, as I think the president increasingly acts that way because he sees himself losing, then you cut off all the resources necessary to guarantee the sanctity of the election,” Menendez said.