Tiger Beat’s email thingie warns us that the deal for Ameros for USPS is being whittled-down (more on this in a moment):
THE DEM CONCESSIONS: Their USPS ask went from $25 billion to $10 billion — subject to a meeting today with the postmaster general that MNUCHIN, MEADOWS, PELOSI and SCHUMER will have. REPUBLICANS are not happy with the concessions Dems made, saying their gives were far more generous.
Axios morning email thingie finally addresses the GOP Elephant in the room: USPS
The coronavirus will make this presidential election unlike any other — voting that begins earlier, results that take longer, mail carriers as virtual poll workers and October surprises that pop in September.
- Perhaps 80 million Americans will vote early, by mail or in person — twice as many as in 2016, Tom Bonier, CEO of TargetSmart, a Democratic political data firm, tells Axios.
- 24 states and D.C.saw half or more ballots cast absentee in elections during the pandemic.
Why it matters: That’s going to set up more of an Election Season than an Election Day — and increase the odds of national turmoil over the vote count, Axios’ Stef Kight, Alexi McCammond and David Nather report.
- The election begins in just six weeks, with early voting in Virginia, Minnesota and South Dakota, according to RepresentUs and Vote.org.
What we’re watching:
- The old-school notion of an “October surprise” will morph or see its power diminish.
- Worry about mail ballots: The WashPost reports on today’s front page that voters in primaries in five states yesterday “voiced concerns about the delivery and security of mail ballots.”
- Longer lines will result from consolidation of polling places and shortages of poll workers, who tend to be elderly and therefore at risk of the coronavirus.
In the lead-up to Tuesday’s primary, some Michigan voters reported they hadn’t yet received their absentee ballots. I’ve read that per Michigan law, ballots received after Tuesday can’t be counted.
Election officials advised voters to drop off their ballots in person at election offices or dropboxes, rather than risk delayed delivery by mail. This is good advice, BUT not every state has drop boxes in place.
So here’s our take-away: the second you receive your ballot, vote and mail it in that very same day. If you are worried about USPS delays and the Hair Füror’s eff’ery (and frankly, you should be), then use a drop box if your state has them.
In Santa Clara County California, we did not have drop boxes, BUT I could drop off my ballot at a drop-box drive through at the Country Building.
Check with your county TODAY to find out what their plan is and what options are available.
It’s likely we won’t know the November election results for days or weeks (it’s always weeks here in WA before we know the exact numbers, though honestly the large trend is pretty easy to announce early from all the early ballots).
Our Failed Political Press will not know how to cover this, and they are very likely to follow the 4th Reich’s story that counting votes is somehow rigging the election. DRAMA! CLICKS! RATINGS!
Keep an eye on this story, it is going to be the James Comey of the 2020 Goat Rodeo.