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Inslee statement on threats to vote-by-mail and USPS

By Office of the Governor | Press Release

Olympia, Wash., August 17, 2020 – Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statement today in response to the Trump administration’s actions to limit the ability of the U.S. Postal Service to process vote-by-mail ballots. 

“Mail-in ballots are the easiest, safest, most reliable voting method there is and Washington’s vote-by-mail system is proof of that. Our system has worked well for years without incident, and I am confident it will continue to ensure strong and dependable access to democracy for the people of our state.

“Unfortunately, we cannot take this for granted in light of the Trump administration’s efforts to suppress the votes of the American people. We are witnessing an unprecedented and brazen attack unlike anything we have ever seen, and we can no longer trust this administration to stand up for a free and fair election. Washingtonians across our state are rightfully outraged and we must continue to be vigilant to ensure every community, every voice and every vote counts.

“There is no excuse for the Trump administration’s assault on democracy. The U.S. Postal Service is a vital and trusted part of all our communities. The USPS does not just deliver ballots but also medication, paychecks, supplies and other crucial lifelines. To cut back and restrict this service at any time is inexcusable, but during a pandemic it is downright abhorrent.

“The president should be doing less to suppress our votes, and more to suppress the COVID-19 virus.

“I will do everything in my power to help ensure all Washingtonians have access to the full range of services offered by the USPS — especially their constitutional right to participate in state, local and federal elections. We are fortunate in this state to have Attorney General Bob Ferguson working to support our rights and we will continue to explore all ways to protect our voting rights in Washington.”

3 Responses

  1. How about a secure vote? Does that mean suppression? No! Only in Washington can you find this type of idiot!

  2. Lets go back to polling places. Everyone had access in every town, and could get someone to take them to the polling place. You went in, showed them your ID and voter registration card. Went to one of the machines, went in pulled the red handle. You then voted by pulling the red tabulator button for your canididate or referendum, or such., Check your choices and changed if need be. Again, pull the big red handle and your vote was counted. Drawbacks are waiting in line and it was a slower process, Advantages, you signed in with an ID and matching voter card, votes are counted instantly. Yes there are more cons, and pros to this but you physically voted and mail system could just not dump votes or get them to the auditors to late. Again, slower but not as much cheating on either side. Either way get and vote, If you don’t we get what other people want. Also don’t say anything if you didn’t vote

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