NASS Statement on Call with USPS Postmaster General

For Immediate Release – August 27, 2020 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today a bipartisan group of four Secretaries of State represented the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) on a call with United State Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to discuss preparations around increased election mail in advance of the upcoming general election.

NASS President and New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, NASS Elec­tions Committee Co-Chairs Frank LaRose, Ohio Secretary of State and Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State, as well as Jay Ashcroft, Missouri Secretary of State covered issues including: a future call with the full NASS Elections Committee, regional USPS elec­tion mail service coordination with election officials, voter education around USPS delivery and return timeframes, ballot postmarking efforts, USPS staffing levels, removal of mail sorting machine impacts and more.

“Starting a discussion and working relationship with the Postmaster General on behalf of the 40 NASS members who serve as their state’s chief election official was essential. We had candid conversations about the election mail process overall and expectations going into November. It is my sincere hope we can continue this nonpartisan dialogue to ensure a smooth, successful election during this unprecedented time,” said Toulouse Oliver.

USPS remains a vital partner in federal, state and local elections, as such NASS appreci­ates Postmaster DeJoy for his interest in listening to and working with the nation’s Secretar­ies of State.

See the original meeting invite letter

(Note: Due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Laura, NASS President-elect and Louisiana Secre­tary of State R. Kyle Ardoin was unable to participate. Ashcroft served as his proxy for this call, relaying Ardoin’s questions and comments to the Postmaster.)

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