SEN. GRASSLEY: Democrats Have Changed their Mind about the Use of the Postal Service in Elections

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To hear Democrats talk, they would never dream of questioning our democratic process.

 

But, let’s not forget the outlandish conspiracy theory promoted by leading Democrats in the run-up to the 2020 election that the Postal Service might not deliver absentee ballots.

 

Postmaster General DeJoy was slandered disgracefully based on no evidence whatsoever of wrongdoing.

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The Postmaster General is hired by the Board of Governors of the Postal Service.

 

He was neither appointed by Trump nor did he answer to him.

 

The fact that DeJoy had supported his election was enough to concoct a highly implausible election tampering plot.

 

After the election, we heard no more about it.

 

The necessary business transformation initiated by Postmaster General Dejoy resumed after an election pause to allay irrational fears stirred up by partisans.

 

We have heard precious little about this alleged threat to democracy since the election.

 

Had the election gone differently, I suspect we would have heard a lot more.

 

However, the effect of that scare tactic lingers.

 

I heard from Iowans who dropped off their absentee ballots for the first time, scared their vote wouldn’t be counted if mailed.

 

Iowa is one of a few states that uses the Postal Service’s intelligent barcode.

 

That helps the Postal Service expedite the ballots and allows Iowans to track their ballot until it is delivered to the county auditor.

 

Iowans continue to be able to vote absentee with confidence that their vote will count.

 

It makes me sad that some were convinced otherwise as part of a political con game.

 

This denigrating of our election process for short-term political gain is disgraceful.

 

I see the current false claims about state laws suppressing votes in the same light.

 

Whether they believe their talking points or it is a cynical attempt to paint Republicans as anti-voting, it undermines faith in democracy.

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