Postmaster general vows speedy delivery of ballots, discusses removal of collection boxes

In this image from video, U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies during a video virtual hearing before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on the U.S. Postal Service during COVID-19 and the upcoming elections, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (US Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs via AP)

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UPDATED 11:33 AM PT – Friday, August 21, 2020

Postmaster Louis DeJoy recently appeared before the Senate Homeland Security Committee. During his prepared remarks at Friday’s hearing, he defended his recent overhaul of the U.S. Postal Service.

DeJoy explained the shakeup was necessary to cut down on costs as the agency is due to report an $11 billion loss for the 2020 fiscal year. He then vowed not to implement two of his more major reforms until after the election.

However, the postmaster noted that any claims the overhaul would impede the speedy delivery of ballots ahead of the election was a “false narrative.” DeJoy said making sure mail is delivered on time is his number on priority.

“As we head into the election season, I want to assure this committee and the American public that the Postal Service is fully capable and committed to delivering the nation’s election mail securely and on time,” he stated. “This sacred duty is my number one priority between now and election day.”

DeJoy also eased concern over the removal of collection boxes by explaining it’s a routine process. The postmaster said every year USPS tracks which boxes are underused and moves them to locations where they will be put to better use. USPS has since halted the process until the election is over to avoid the image of impropriety.

A person drops into a mail box applications for mail-in ballots, in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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