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They don’t have to discuss it

This should be considered when trying to pull answers from the Postmaster General:

Did this organization really have to discuss the plan with the postmaster?

They could see that the states were going with mail in voting even before the pandemic. Pennsylvania voted on it last year and Republican legislators were all for it back then. I guess their older base voters would have fewer excuses to not vote. The other possibility is there is that 2016 was a wake up call with respect to voting security. There are all kinds of reasons to distrust that outcome. With mail in voting, there were fewer opportunities for foreign actors to tinker with flipping a few votes per precinct. Hypothetically, of course. 🙄

Then the pandemic hit and there were even more good reasons to go mail in. Oregon and Washington have been doing it for years without issues. Why not try it? PA got to see the logistical problems it might encounter with the primaries. Nothing major and they got a head start in fixing it. The rest of the states can learn by example. So this should have been a no-brainer. Just get as many people, of both parties, to vote by mail.

That’s when the Trump campaign saw that they couldn’t suppress the vote this year like they intended and they needed to do something about it.

That’s probably when Mnuchin had his meeting with DeJoy about taking over the post office. The place needs an overhaul. See what you can do. There didn’t have to be any discussion of the politics. Ok, maybe they had those discussions informally, speculating, between friends. But I doubt that crime organizations are that explicit about giving orders. No one was going to say, “we want you to f{}% up the mail enough that the mail in ballots won’t get back to the board of elections in time.” Because that would be wrong.

So, DeJoy didn’t need marching orders. All he had to do was read the papers. More mail in balloting meant less voter suppression. Therefore, it needed to be logistically messed with.

How will we know if DeJoy’s appointment was made in good faith or whether there was an agenda? Well, the Senator from Nevada (I was listening so I don’t know which one) got right to the point. DeJoy’s big claim to fame is he’s a logistics expert. So did he collect data about how seniors or veterans were going to be impacted by his changes? Did he study the data at all before he started slowing things down? The answer so far appears to be “No”.

We have to ask ourselves what efficiencies we were to expect and at what cost. Because if there were no studies, then destroying the service and reputation of a public service makes no sense and that means more hearings to find out who benefitted from that.

I think we all know the answer to that without a lot of discussion.