A group of protesters gathered outside the home of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood on Saturday after a debate over mail-in ballots for the November election.
The US Postal Service (USPS) recently warned 46 states and DC that their mail-in ballots may not arrive in time to be counted.
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— John Domen (@JDDsays) August 15, 2020
Hundreds of protesters chanted slogans condemning voter suppression and made noise using horns, and pots and pans outside the apartment building where DeJoy lives.
This morning we stopped by @USPS Post Master General Louis DeJoy's house to give him a wake up call. We need the postal service to #DeliverDemocracy this fall. Stop the attack on our mail! #USPSisEssential #USPS2020VOTE https://t.co/a8KmFt5hIU
— ShutDownDC (@ShutDown_DC) August 15, 2020
ShutdownDC, a local activist group that organized the demonstration, issued a statement on its website on the day of the action, saying:
“Louis DeJoy, one of Donald Trump’s big donors, is dismantling the U.S. Postal Service ahead of mass mail-in voting in the 2020 presidential election. The purpose behind DeJoy’s appointment as postmaster general became even clearer today when, in an interview with Fox Business, Trump connected funding for the postal service with mail-in ballots and his chances for re-election. In the last week, DeJoy has fired or reassigned much of the existing USPS leadership and ordered the removal of mail sorting machines that are fundamental to the functioning of the postal service. Meanwhile, mail delivery is slowing down under other decisions made by DeJoy, such as eliminating overtime for postal workers.”