Floridians will suffer from a defunded Postal Service, union head says

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A new report Friday says the U.S. Postal Service sent out letters to 46 states and the District of Columbia — warning them they can not guarantee all ballots cast by mail will arrive on time for the November election.

The president of the Florida State Association of Letter Carriers sees funding as the major issue here and says it shouldn’t be politicized.

“I don’t want to play partisan politics,” Al Friedman says. “We just want to service America.”

A post office worker for four decades, Friedman says what President Donald Trump said about defunding the Postal Service was disheartening and could have a larger negative impact on the American people.

“We delivered in 2019 1.2 billion prescription drugs to your house,” he said. “Probably 90% of that was VA medication coming to veterans.”

Trump admitted Thursday that he’s holding back money needed by the U.S. Postal Service in order to make it tougher to process an expected surge of mail-in ballots, which he worries could cost him the election.

Though Trump casts his own ballots by mail, he’s vigorously criticized efforts to allow more people to do so, which he argues without evidence will lead to increased voter fraud.

“You’re now taking it out on the Postal Service when it’s the states themselves that want to set up vote by mail,” Friedman said.

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