‘It is incredibly concerning’: State leaders demand answers after USPS mailboxes seen taken away in Morristown

At least two lawmakers in New Jersey have a lot of questions about what's happening at the U.S. Postal Service, as the state gets ready for a general election that will be mostly by mail.

News 12 Staff

Aug 17, 2020, 10:04 AM

Updated 1,426 days ago

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At least two lawmakers in New Jersey have a lot of questions about what's happening at the U.S. Postal Service, as the state gets ready for a general election that will be mostly by mail.
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In Morristown, a resident took a picture of mailboxes being taken away. The post office says it's part of an upgrade to make boxes more secure, but has now postponed any future removals for three months.
Similar pictures surfaced nationwide, with reports of sorting machines being removed as well. U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherill says she wants to get to the bottom of what's going on.
“It is incredibly concerning,” says Sherill. “We have been hearing all the problems with the postal system and the postmaster general. Trying to upend our postal system, removing sorting machines and now mailboxes so I don't think we have a really clear idea of what is going, or what is happening now.”
Rep. Bill Pascrell is laying the blame at the Trump administration, saying on Twitter, “Trump and Republicans are delaying life-saving medicines to elderly veterans to destroy the Post Office and rig the election. The republican party is unfit to govern and a threat to your life.”
Pascrell says he's made a criminal referral to the attorney general to investigate. State Assembly leader John Bramnick, who's a Republican, says he will be introducing a bill to conduct in-person voting in November, with all the safety precautions in place. Anyone who doesn't want to vote in person could request to vote by mail.
New Jersey is one of nine states, plus the District of Columbia, that is giving all registered voters mail-in ballots. President Trump says he supports the postmaster general. During a news conference this weekend in Bedminster, he blames Democrats for not funding the post office.
"Now they want to send in millions and millions of ballots, and you see what's happening, they are being lost. They are being discarded. They are finding them in piles it's going to be a catastrophe."
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is calling house members back to Washington, D.C. this week to try to block changes that some think could cause problems with mail-in voting.


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