President Can’t Delay Election, but Post Office Needs to get Its Act Together Before Election
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
Constitutional scholars agree that while no president has the power to delay an election, there are serious questions about the U.S. Postal Service’s ability to handle a surge in mail-in ballots.
According to the Wall Street Journal, warning signs are already flashing red thanks to the coronavirus, which has prompted a surge in voting by mail:
…to blandly say voting in a major election using the U.S. Postal Service is no problem. Paterson, N.J., recently disqualified 20% of its mailed ballots.
New York Democrats are immersed in bitter intra-party litigation over the June 23 12th Congressional district primary. At issue are the details of counting mail-in ballots. Incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s opponent, progressive Suraj Patel, has charged “voter suppression.” He and other Democratic plaintiffs have filed a federal lawsuit that the election’s mail-related problems could “disenfranchise a massive number of voters.”
The WSJ urges that local officials “…ensure deadlines for mail-in ballots are early enough so that the counting stops and the results are clear on Election Day.”
The Postal Service recently secured a $10 billion loan from the Treasury Department to help keep it from insolvency and says it currently has enough cash to continue operations into the first quarter of 2021.