“It’s easy to conclude that the recent changes to the postal service are an intentional effort on the part of the current administration to disrupt and challenge the legitimacy of the upcoming local, state and federal elections,” Bastian wrote.
Describing the data, Philip Rubio, a history professor at North Carolina A&T University and former postman, said: “This is a remarkable graphic illustration that reveals the decline in punctuality of first class mail. day one after CEO DeJoy’s policies were announced and implemented. ”
“Not only are we seeing the national image of first class mail delivery deteriorate over time after DeJoy’s policies take effect, but we are also seeing local conditions vary and even emerge for the worse.
It should be noted that parts of the major Transitional States have experienced a significant decline in on-time delivery rates for first-class mail. In the Northern Ohio Postal District, on-time delivery rates fell to 63.60% in mid-August. In the Detroit Postal District, delivery times fell to 61.01% in the same month.
USPS is committed to facilitating the timely delivery of mail-in ballots for the election and working closely with election officials to ensure this happens. But the relationship has been difficult recently; some election officials got angry when the agency sent a letter to every household containing information on postal voting without consulting it thoroughly. The general mailing misled voters in the handful of U.S. states that automatically send a ballot to all registered voters.
Although DeJoy’s changes were put on hold until after the election, new data shows first-class mail continued to be delivered late across the country after his overthrow. In the Baltimore Postal District, for example, the on-time delivery rate remained below 60% at the end of August.
“Unfortunately, even though on-time performance has improved after pausing these changes, the delivery speed is still far below normal and well below Postal Service targets,” said Steve Hutkins, professor at the New York University who runs Save The Post Office, a blog that monitors the agency.
“The harm that has been done is not yet reversed.”
David Partenheimer, a spokesperson for the USPS, declined to comment specifically on the data, citing ongoing litigation. The USPS issued a statement Friday saying on-time delivery for first-class mail continued to improve in September and on-time departures for trucks continued to improve.
“The improvements are the result of the post minister’s commitment to promote operational discipline and improve the efficiency of processing, transportation and delivery,” the agency said in its statement.