The United States Postal Service has shot to the forefront of the national conversation amid concerns about mail in voting, equipment removals, overtime restrictions, and funding shortfalls. Many warn that without sufficient resources, USPS will not be able to handle the expected influx of mail-in ballots for the November election and that Americans will not receive timely delivery of medicine, bills, and payments. This week, House leaders will summon members back to Washington for a rare weekend vote on USPS legislation. The USPS Postmaster General has also agreed to testify in front of the Senate and House about attempts to influence the campaign and cut costs right before a crucial election.
On August 26, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted a webinar to discuss the United States Postal Service and its role in the election and overall economy. Panelists explored what actions Congress and states can take to protect the USPS, what it means for voters between now and November, and other consequences Americans may experience due to disruptions in mail service.