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Fearing 'election theft in progress,' Eshoo shows support for Postal Service

Palo Alto congresswoman plans to vote 'yes' on bill that includes $25B for cash-strapped agency

On Aug. 22, the House of Representatives will vote on the Delivering for America Act, which would dedicate $25 billion for the U.S. Postal Service. Embarcadero Media file photo by Veronica Weber.

Ahead of a House session this Saturday, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, held a press conference on Tuesday morning in front of the downtown Palo Alto post office to address what she labeled as the Trump administration's attempt to "hijack" democracy by undermining the U.S. Postal Service.

With the general election less than three months away, Eshoo said that it was critical to support a service that's expected to receive an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"This fall, the Postal Service will have another task that is vital to our democracy: ensuring the timely delivery of millions of absentee ballots for the general election," she said.

Eshoo will join fellow House representatives on Aug. 22 in Washington, D.C., to vote on the Delivering for America Act, which was introduced by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, D-New York, to maintain the standards and level of service the Postal Service had in place prior to the pandemic and halt any further changes. The bill would also provide $25 billion in much-needed funding for the federal agency. Eshoo said she expects the bill to receive bipartisan support.

Letter carrier Vu Tran, James Free, CEO of the Campbell Veterans Memorial Foundation, and Lisa Ratner, vice president of Palo Alto League of Women Voters also joined Eshoo at the Aug. 18 press conference.

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"I depend on the post office for my medication from the Veterans Administration," Free said.

The Postal Service recently made headlines after Trump-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who is a known megadonor to the Republican Party and the president's campaign, began to introduce changes to the national Postal Service, including eliminating overtime for employees and removing mail-sorting machines from facilities across the country, which has caused delivery delays in some areas.

These changes have raised concerns that the Trump administration is attempting to cripple the agency ahead of the election as the president makes exaggerated claims of voter fraud from mail-in ballots, as seen in a May 28 tweet. In another tweet on July 30, he suggested that the nation delay the election because of the alleged potential for mail-in voter fraud and also recently told Fox Business that he wants to block funding for the Postal Service so it won't have the resources to process ballots in time for the November election.

"It's an election theft in progress," Eshoo said at the conference, also suggesting that DeJoy is trying to dismantle an agency he was appointed to lead in mid-June.

On Sunday, Eshoo submitted a letter to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, calling for a criminal investigation of DeJoy to see if the postmaster general violated any state laws that protect constituents' right to vote by mail. Becerra announced on Twitter Tuesday morning that the state is suing Trump for his "attacks on the USPS," making this the 96th lawsuit against the president.

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Just as the conference ended, DeJoy released a statement that said to "avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail," he will halt any changes to the Postal Service "until after the election is concluded." He pledged that "retail hours at post offices will not change; mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes will remain where they are; no mail processing facilities will be closed; and we reassert that overtime has, and will continue to be, approved as needed."

However, some, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, have said that DeJoy's statement does nothing to address the changes that were already made or the ongoing concerns about his possible conflict of interest.

DeJoy is expected to testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Friday, Aug. 21.

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Fearing 'election theft in progress,' Eshoo shows support for Postal Service

Palo Alto congresswoman plans to vote 'yes' on bill that includes $25B for cash-strapped agency

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Uploaded: Tue, Aug 18, 2020, 4:01 pm

Ahead of a House session this Saturday, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, held a press conference on Tuesday morning in front of the downtown Palo Alto post office to address what she labeled as the Trump administration's attempt to "hijack" democracy by undermining the U.S. Postal Service.

With the general election less than three months away, Eshoo said that it was critical to support a service that's expected to receive an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"This fall, the Postal Service will have another task that is vital to our democracy: ensuring the timely delivery of millions of absentee ballots for the general election," she said.

Eshoo will join fellow House representatives on Aug. 22 in Washington, D.C., to vote on the Delivering for America Act, which was introduced by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, D-New York, to maintain the standards and level of service the Postal Service had in place prior to the pandemic and halt any further changes. The bill would also provide $25 billion in much-needed funding for the federal agency. Eshoo said she expects the bill to receive bipartisan support.

Letter carrier Vu Tran, James Free, CEO of the Campbell Veterans Memorial Foundation, and Lisa Ratner, vice president of Palo Alto League of Women Voters also joined Eshoo at the Aug. 18 press conference.

"I depend on the post office for my medication from the Veterans Administration," Free said.

The Postal Service recently made headlines after Trump-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who is a known megadonor to the Republican Party and the president's campaign, began to introduce changes to the national Postal Service, including eliminating overtime for employees and removing mail-sorting machines from facilities across the country, which has caused delivery delays in some areas.

These changes have raised concerns that the Trump administration is attempting to cripple the agency ahead of the election as the president makes exaggerated claims of voter fraud from mail-in ballots, as seen in a May 28 tweet. In another tweet on July 30, he suggested that the nation delay the election because of the alleged potential for mail-in voter fraud and also recently told Fox Business that he wants to block funding for the Postal Service so it won't have the resources to process ballots in time for the November election.

"It's an election theft in progress," Eshoo said at the conference, also suggesting that DeJoy is trying to dismantle an agency he was appointed to lead in mid-June.

On Sunday, Eshoo submitted a letter to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, calling for a criminal investigation of DeJoy to see if the postmaster general violated any state laws that protect constituents' right to vote by mail. Becerra announced on Twitter Tuesday morning that the state is suing Trump for his "attacks on the USPS," making this the 96th lawsuit against the president.

Just as the conference ended, DeJoy released a statement that said to "avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail," he will halt any changes to the Postal Service "until after the election is concluded." He pledged that "retail hours at post offices will not change; mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes will remain where they are; no mail processing facilities will be closed; and we reassert that overtime has, and will continue to be, approved as needed."

However, some, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, have said that DeJoy's statement does nothing to address the changes that were already made or the ongoing concerns about his possible conflict of interest.

DeJoy is expected to testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Friday, Aug. 21.

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Gary
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Sylvan Park
on Aug 18, 2020 at 10:05 pm
Gary, Sylvan Park
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on Aug 18, 2020 at 10:05 pm
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While there is some risk foreign agents not subject to prison in America might try to intercept mailed-out ballots, forge signatures and return them, it seems very unlikely. There are better ways to steal elections. One is for a President with the support of a minority of voters to take steps to discourage voting and not count votes. That is what President Trump's manipulation of the Postal Service portends. No state should now count on the Postal Service to timely deliver ballots to voters or from voters. Trump will reject or not spend properly additional funding . Trump has not backed off an inch. He just waves white flags before resuming his assault on representative democracy. So what we need are more OFFICIAL BALLOT DROP BOXES. California law only requires one box per 15,0O0 registered voters. Many swing states have no drop boxes. Some states may force voters to choose to vote over their health. Trump would like only his supporters to vote. But unable to delivery his poison that specifically, he will need to settle on a low number of votes cast or counted in the key states.


Steven Goldstein
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Old Mountain View
on Aug 18, 2020 at 11:05 pm
Steven Goldstein, Old Mountain View
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If you want to secure the mail in ballots, just have them sent certified mail wit return receipt and have them prepaid for the return trip?

It is that simple, and the security will be significant.

Why we don't do it nationwide is a real joke.

The reality is that the elections are rigged by lack of voting stations and poor equipment at the polls. Also that people have to leave work to vote too. This way everyone registered to vote can at their own convenience.

Not a bad idea, not perfect but not bad.



Gary
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Sylvan Park
on Aug 19, 2020 at 12:41 am
Gary, Sylvan Park
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on Aug 19, 2020 at 12:41 am
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As I suggest above, the reason we do not seem to have many people voting for others is that it is a serious crime (a state felony and a federal felony in a federal election) and those crimes don't pay (i.e., don't net enough votes to steal an election). Plus, as you suggest, there are other tricks available to con-men including the constant misinformation we get from Trump and his cohorts. The issue this week is whether to throw billions at the Postal Service run by a Trump operative - in the irrational hope he will become honest - OR invest a few millions of dollars in more OFFICIAL BALLOT DROP BOXES. It is complicated by the fact that Republicans hold power in most of the states and in the U.S. Senate and White House. There is a basic reason Russia is not a representative democracy despite holding elections: the people in power will not allow it.


Groot
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on Aug 19, 2020 at 7:53 am
Groot, Willowgate
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If you feel safe enough to stand in checkout line at Costco — you are safe enough to vote.

If you are not bothered being asked for an ID when you buy a case of Budweiser, you can show your ID when you vote.


Steven Goldstein
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Old Mountain View
on Aug 19, 2020 at 10:35 am
Steven Goldstein, Old Mountain View
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In response to Groot you said:

“If you feel safe enough to stand in checkout line at Costco — you are safe enough to vote.”

I DON'T FEEL SAFE AT ALL!

I am forced to go outside my place in order to access all products a store sells. The ONLINE stores are incomplete. They don't sell all the products of the stores.

So that logic made no sense You said:

“If you are not bothered being asked for an ID when you buy a case of Budweiser, you can show your ID when you vote.,”

Again, I pointed out that we are FORCED to leave our homes to get supplies, these should be provided without FORCING us to leave our homes. As far as ID is concerned, again with Certified mail the COURTS accept this as a VALID means of DELIVERY in a SECURED manner. The COURTS “TRUMP” a “liquor store” standard don’t you think? You are in fact creating a possible COVID “super” spreading event by having so many people collect at one place.

Your just being argumentative with arguments that don’t make any sense.


Ken M.
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Cuesta Park
on Aug 19, 2020 at 3:12 pm
Ken M. , Cuesta Park
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on Aug 19, 2020 at 3:12 pm
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Don't see what the fuss is about, in California a "theft in progress" has been re-classified as a "strategic re-allocation of property" by your local D.A.


Gary
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Sylvan Park
on Aug 19, 2020 at 5:09 pm
Gary, Sylvan Park
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on Aug 19, 2020 at 5:09 pm
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Well Ken. It is not that kind of theft. Maybe you meant to post a comment on the article about inmates getting unemployment. As to guarding against the stealing the November election, I do have a suggestion. I just received in today's mail a first-class, postage fully prepaid letter from San Jose (California) mailed two weeks ago on August 5. We cannot count on the U.S. Postal Service under Donald Trump to deliver election materials in time for voters to timely return ballots through the mail. Not matter how much money Congress throws at the Postal Service, that money would never need to be used to help process election materials. Never. We should mostly use OFFICIAL BALLOT DROP BOXES to return ballots. The location of the nearby boxes must be listed in the ballot pamphlet from the county Registrar of Voters. So locations need to be selected in the next couple of weeks. I am thinking two curbside boxes at the closed Mountain View library and maybe also at the Rengstorff Community Center. Voters who can drive may pull up and drop off their completed ballots. The City Council should ask the City Clerk about the plan for Mountain View that can then be cleared with the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. Time is running out.


Ken M.
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Cuesta Park
on Aug 19, 2020 at 11:44 pm
Ken M. , Cuesta Park
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[Post removed due to trolling/off-topic]


Gary
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Sylvan Park
on Aug 20, 2020 at 9:24 am
Gary, Sylvan Park
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on Aug 20, 2020 at 9:24 am
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Overnight, the chief critic of the President, while flying back to the nation's capitol, took ill and is now near death on a ventilator. You may recall that this critic was ineligible to run again for President in 2016. But he remained a critic. His allies claim he was poisoned on the jet flight. He had been warned about criticism.


Steven Goldstein
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Old Mountain View
on Aug 20, 2020 at 9:55 am
Steven Goldstein, Old Mountain View
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Gary,

I think you meant the Russian President, unless you are also arguing that the Russian President is our President by Proxy?


Gary
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Sylvan Park
on Aug 20, 2020 at 1:44 pm
Gary, Sylvan Park
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on Aug 20, 2020 at 1:44 pm
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Of course I was intentionally vague. But you do raise an issue: is Putin any worse than Trump? Would Trump torture and execute his political adversaries if he could? Maybe "Ken" has an opinion.


Gary
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Sylvan Park
on Aug 20, 2020 at 7:22 pm
Gary, Sylvan Park
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on Aug 20, 2020 at 7:22 pm
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Ken aka Barbie was being SARCASTIC. Look it up.


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