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Gonzalez urges Postmaster General to work with Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose to protect Ohio’s absentee votes

Washington, August 18, 2020

U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16) partnered with Representative Bob Latta (OH-5) and Senator Rob Portman (OH), along with Representatives Troy Balderson (OH-12), Steve Stivers (OH-15), Bob Gibbs (OH-7), Brad Wenstrup (OH-2), Steve Chabot (OH-1), Bill Johnson (OH-6), and Mike Turner (OH-10) to urge United States Postal Service Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Louis DeJoy to work with Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose to implement procedures that will ensure the timely and accurate delivery of election-related materials in November’s election.

“I have full faith in Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose to ensure that Ohioans are able to carry out that constitutional right in November, and I am dedicated to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support his efforts and ensure that the United States Postal Service has the ability to support our voters and the deliver a free and fair election,” said Congressman Gonzalez.

Over the past decade, USPS has consolidated operations in Ohio, resulting in the closure of several mail processing plants, delayed mail delivery in several areas across the state, and an increase in complaints from constituents about lost or discarded mail, including absentee balloting materials. Further uncertainty has been created by the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing national discussions about the performance of USPS.

The letter calls for USPS to work alongside the State of Ohio to improve operations with the implementation of procedures ahead of the election to ensure Ohioans can carry out their constitutional right to vote. These new procedures include nightly all-clear inspections of mail facilities to ensure all election-related materials are sent out, additional processing carried out within Ohio at local Post Offices or Ohio-based mail processing facilities, and local USPS representatives building relationships with county boards of elections and establishing intakes and drop offs for election-related materials. Read the full text of the letter here.

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