The USPS, Vote-by-Mail, and the November 2020 Election

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has existed since the 1970s, providing cheap and convenient mailing services throughout the United States. In 2018, USPS published statistics on its daily processes, reporting that each day it processes and delivers approximately 472.1 million pieces of total mail, including 181.9 million pieces of First-Class mail. In May 2020, a new Postmaster General was appointed, and in June 2020, he announced changes to reduce the daily processing costs for the USPS. Changes include elimination of overtime pay and the removal of various mail-sorting machines.

These changes and their implementation have caused backups and slower than usual mail times, alarming citizens as they prepare to mail-in ballots for the 2020 election. President Trump has publicly expressed his desire to reduce mail-in ballots, stating that vote-by-mail increases voter fraud, though these claims are shown to be inaccurate.