August 15, 2020
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein took exception to comments made by President Donald Trump relating to the United States Postal Service and its role in the upcoming election.
Stein accused Trump of trying to starve the USPS of the funding it needs to properly ensure absentee ballots get delivered in enough time to be processed and counted.
"Pres. Trump admitted to trying starve USPS of money so it can’t deliver absentee ballots. His political appointee/donor is actively undermining timely mail delivery. USPS just warned NC about ballot delays. I am reviewing all legal options to protect this election," he wrote on his Twitter page.
This comes on the heels of a letter from the Postal Service to North Carolina and other states warning that deadlines for absentee ballot steps laid out by those states may not be consistent with the ability of the postal service to distribute ballots in line with those deadlines.
“We wanted to note that, under our reading of North Carolina’s election laws, certain deadlines for requesting and casting mail-in ballots are incongruous with the Postal Service’s delivery standards," Thomas J. Marshall, general counsel and executive vice president for the Postal Service, said in his letter.
On Friday, Stein noted that the utilization of the postal service was not a necessary step in the absentee voting process.