Ohio Attorney General Warns Trump Against Changes To U.S. Postal Service Before Election

Aug 18, 2020

Ohio’s attorney general joined the chorus of people calling on President Donald Trump to stop his attempts to starve the U.S. Postal Service of money ahead of the November election.

Attorney General Dave Yost pleaded with Trump in a letter sent Sunday to postpone any changes to Postal Service services until after Election Day, warning that the “radical changes” would “place the solvency of the Post Office above the legitimacy of the Government itself."

The letter comes after Trump frankly acknowledged he’s starving the Postal Service of money in order to make it harder to process an expected surge of mail-in ballots, which he worries could cost him the election.

"If we don't make a deal, that means they don't get the money," Trump said about the Congressional coronavirus relief measure. "That means they can't have universal mail-in voting. They just can't have it."

The U.S. Postal Service has sent a letter to dozens of state election officials around the country, including Ohio, warning that delays in delivering the mail could result in voters not being able to cast their absentee ballots in time.

The letter sent to Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose on July 30 notes ways states can adjust to these delays by changing voter deadlines.