U.S. President Donald Trump has strongly opposed plans to help the U.S. Postal service, further impeding the implementation of a postal vote in the November general election.
trump claimed without evidence that mailing ballots would increase election fraud, and his position puts a new obstacle in any effort to reach a new round of anti epidemic relief agreements.
trump said in an interview on Thursday: “they want to provide 25 billion dollars for the postal system because the post office will have to go deep into the villages to collect these very ridiculous votes.” He added that the $3.5 billion they wanted to pay for postal voting “was for something that would eventually become fraudulent,” although there was no evidence that postal voting opened the door to widespread election fraud.
given the risk of covid-19 proliferation, people have been fighting for money to ensure that the U.S. Postal system is capable of handling more postal votes. Due to the decline in the number of ordinary mail and the need to provide advance funding for employees’ future retirement medical benefits, USPS, which is basically self financing, has been in financial trouble for many years. Despite the increase in parcel deliveries, the new crown epidemic led to a decline in the number of bulk mail, which worsened the balance sheet of USPS.
in all recent polls, trump has lagged behind candidate Joe Biden, and the economic downturn and the continuous spread of the coronavirus have hit his efforts to seek re-election. He has repeatedly claimed that the November election results could be tainted by election fraud.