August 17, 2020, 09.06 PM

American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein told AFP on Sunday that Trump "wants to starve the Post Office to keep people from voting, that’s shameful".

The union has said overtime for postal workers was recently reduced, and 40,000 workers have had to quarantine because of Covid-19, creating delays.

States act

As concerns mount over the USPS's ability to handle a surge in ballots, states are working to ensure their residents' votes count.

Pennsylvania this week asked its supreme court to push back its deadline for accepting mail-in ballots.

The Washington Post reported on Friday similar notices were sent to 45 other states and the District of Columbia.

"It’s incumbent upon Congress to act and not hide behind anything else. And that’s true of people on both sides in the major political parties," said Dimondstein. 

(Writers & Editors: Chris Stein, Claire Savage, Agence France-Presse)

Source: http://u.afp.com/36YT 

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