California Warned Its Mail-In Voters Could Be Disenfranchised

Forty-six states plus the District of Columbia have been warned that not all of their mail-in ballots may arrive in time to be counted in the November election. California is one of them.

California state requirements “appear to be incompatible with the Postal Service’s delivery standards,” the United States Postal Service said in a letter to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

COVID-19 had already put pressure on the U.S. mail delivery system. Restructuring measures implemented by the new postmaster general Louis DeJoy — a Republican donor and avid Trump supporter — have compounded delivery issues significantly. Democrats believe it is an intentional effort to thwart mail-in voting, which has been excoriated by President Trump.

The president gave weight to those suspicions last week. Speaking of the stalled negotiations over the next coronavirus relief package, he said: “If we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money. That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting; they just can’t have it.”

On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called members back from recess to address the crisis. In the meantime, learn how you can ensure your mail-in vote gets counted here.