Postmaster General Adresses National Association of Secretaries of State

Interesting press release today from the United State’s Postal Service, titled, “Postmaster General Discusses ’Vote By Mail’ at Conference”:

Portland, OR — Mail can play an important role in helping citizens chose their elected officials and the U.S. Postal Service has resources officials need to create Vote by Mail programs.

Those were the two main points shared by Postmaster General John E. Potter during a keynote address at the National the Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) summer meeting here. Stressing proven experience, commitment and available resources, Potter said the Postal Service is a ready partner in states’ efforts to reach voters and conduct elections through the mail.

Then later in the same document, the press release states:

The Postal Service plays no role in how elections are carried out in the United States, although it is fully authorized to inform and educate election officials about available USPS products and services.

Uh-huh, ok, then why do a press release at all? Maybe the press release tells us more?

The Postal Service also created 90-minute, customized training sessions for election officials. “Election Mail: tips, Tools and Tactics for Successful Mailing” is presented by postal representatives with a depth of knowledge and understanding of election mail and designed to address specific needs, challenges and laws specific to individual cities and counties across the country. To date, more than 1,500 officials have completed the training.

“The Postal Service recognizes the vital role that mail plays in the American democratic process. We are committed to providing election officials with the information necessary to meet their election mail needs,” Potter said. “We have always been proud of our role in binding a great nation together and we are pleased that we can strength this role by our participation in voting by mail.”

Ok, so I think I’ve got the idea. The Post Master address the NASS conference, gives the KEYNOTE speech, but is really just there because it’s his job. Not because he supports the national movement towards forced mail voting. No never. The Post Master is obviously above politics.

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  1. http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=42546

    “It’s good to know that mail does all those other things so well, but when it comes right down to it, those ballots better show up where they’re supposed to show up. They better show up on time. And they better show up in good shape so there’s no question about it being a secret ballot.”

    “But, as I said, the Postal Service has a lot of experience with this. We’ve created processes that address all of these issues. And, even though replacing “in-person” elections with “by-mail” elections is still the exception rather than the rule, the Postal Service has been handling mailed absentee and military ballots for generations of American voters. I might add that we’ve been doing a very good job at it, too.”

    “It’s not my role to tell you how you should be conducting elections – that’s a decision that will be made in your states, by your states. But if your state does choose to conduct elections by mail – like they’re do right here in Oregon – I want you to know that the Postal Service is ready to partner with you.”

    “It all starts with trust and security. The Postal Service has had a reputation for protecting what we call “the sanctity of the mail” and “the security of the seal” for more than 200 years. Our employees recognize that trust placed in them by the people we serve and they work hard to maintain that trust. ”
    _______________________

    Apparently the fact that he points to Oregon as the model, at a forum held in Oregon run by Nass, and in the state that the SOS is actively engaged in pushing the VBM system nationally, well these facts say nothing about the Postmaster General’s politics.

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