In my last post, I talked about my great-aunt and her work for passage of the 19th Amendment, a centennial we celebrate this year. August is also the anniversary of the signing of The Voting Rights Act of 1965. Recent commemorations of the life of John Lewis remind us of what a very hard battle was fought.
Let's not stop fighting for voting rights now. In this post, I am sharing a few links related to voting by mail, as well as actions you can take to address pressures on the Postal Service that could undermine mail-in voting.
The Brennan Center for Justice provides a very good discussion of voting by mail as one way to protect public safety and fair elections during this pandemic.
But The Boston Globe report and Associated Press report that the efficiency of voting by mail is threatened by measures implemented under the administration of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Budget cuts and new regulations are leading to slower mail delivery. Slow enough prevent the timely receipt of ballots.
You can help by contacting your Senators and telling them to fully fund the US Postal Service and remove barriers to efficient, timely service. Call or email to get your message through quickly, but follow-up with a postcard. You'll be directly supporting the U.S. Postal Service.
And speaking of direct support, buy stamps. And share that message. It's a thing.
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