Advertisement

Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

For three weeks in August, as election officials across the country were preparing to send out mail-in ballots to tens of millions of voters, the U.S. Postal Service stopped fully updating a national change of address system that most states use to keep their voter rolls current, according to multiple officials who use the system. A USPS spokesperson acknowledged the failure in response to questions from TIME, and said that at least 1.8 million new changes of address had not been registered in the database.

More

Comments

Admin's note: Participants in this discussion must follow the site's moderation policy. Profanity will be filtered. Abusive conduct is not allowed.

MFA:

It is not clear to what extent the failure, which has not been previously reported, could compromise Americans' ability to vote in this fall's election. In normal times, hundreds of thousands of people move every week, and those numbers have increased during the COVID pandemic, which has forced millions of people, particularly young adults, to relocate at higher rates than usual, according to public polling and news reports. As of early June, some 3% of adults had moved and 6% had someone move in with them because of the pandemic, according to a Pew survey. That, and concern about the health risks of voting in person, experts from both parties say, will mean an unprecedented reliance on mail-in voting this year.

Several states contacted by TIME were unaware of the change-of-address problem. Officials in Minnesota, for one, sent out their ballot applications by mail earlier in September based partly on information drawn from the faulty database in August, the state's election officials say. Other states had to delay sending out their ballots as they scrambled to fix incorrect addresses. At least 43 states plus the District of Columbia use the USPS change of address database. Many, like Minnesota, face close presidential contests, including Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

The postal service says it fixed the change-of-address issue and restored the missing data on Sept. 14. The USPS spokesperson, Martha Johnson, said the problem did not impact mail carriers' ability to forward "eligible" mail to a new address. Many states ban the forwarding of election ballots from an old address, however, and the Postal Service did not respond to requests for clarification on the failure's potential impact on the election. Internal USPS emails shared with TIME describe the source of the problem only as an unexplained "error".


It's too damn bad that Trump and the GOP don't dedicate as much time, energy and ingenuity to governing as they do to preventing Americans from voting.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-09-28 10:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

None of this is happening by accident.

#2 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-09-28 10:30 PM | Reply

"I will give you the job of Postmaster General of the United States of America.

But first, I need you to do something for me..."

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-09-29 10:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I just dropped my ballot off... so I'm good

#4 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-09-29 11:12 AM | Reply

Shocker, and folks who move tend to vote blue. Moreover, folks who have permanent residences (home owners, are statistically more likely to be red voters.

#5 | Posted by SunTzuMeow at 2020-09-29 11:50 AM | Reply

Fake new, right Dems? Nothing is ever wrong with anything you support. Regardless of any difficulties in mail, you have already endorsed it as a perfect system to allow voting. So you are not allowed to get mad when anything goes wrong.

#6 | Posted by humtake at 2020-09-29 11:55 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Fake new, right Dems? Nothing is ever wrong with anything you support. Regardless of any difficulties in mail, you have already endorsed it as a perfect system to allow voting. So you are not allowed to get mad when anything goes wrong.

#6 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

Funny dat.

The post office was working just fine.

Before Humpy Trumpy got a hold of it.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-09-29 12:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

. So you are not allowed to get mad when anything goes wrong.

#6 | POSTED BY HUMTAKEM

Also. Good luck telling anyone what they are "allowed" be mad about.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-09-29 12:49 PM | Reply

It's a crazy coincidence that the post office would experience an "inexplicable error" that could affect people's ability to vote by mail at the same the President has been railing against vote by mail and the Postmaster General has been taking many actions to limit the efficiency of the post office.

#9 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-09-29 01:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Inexplicable Error" is a great name for the GOP legacy under Trump.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-09-29 01:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

""Inexplicable Error" is a great name for the GOP legacy under Trump."

And "Anarchist Jurisdictions" a great name for a band!

#11 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-09-29 01:19 PM | Reply

Fake new, right Dems? Nothing is ever wrong with anything you support. Regardless of any difficulties in mail, you have already endorsed it as a perfect system to allow voting. So you are not allowed to get mad when anything goes wrong.
#6 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE AT 2020-09-29 11:55 AM

That is the point, isn't it? That we support the mail, and you magically see that as "wrong".

Right wingers protest voting. You support stopping the vote. You support obliterating the postal service, the IRS, anything that delays bringing Trump to justice. Speaking of which - forcing through a THIRD lifetime appointment to the most "important" court will RUIN generations of opportunity and growth. Go to Russia - you will very much appreciate the tactics Putinites employs to guarantee "re-election".

An exact election count would oust them all.

Trump will "win" and America will fight it.

A war is coming.

Please nuke Missouri while we have a chance. And Kentucky - I'm really, really tired of that state. Oooh! Let's hope Florida just slinks out into the Atlantic entirely. Only a couple months - mother nature needs to bring her butterfly to this ballot, imo.

#12 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-09-29 01:28 PM | Reply

"If we can get just enough ballots thrown out in the right places we have a chance of winning"

- Trump/GOP

#13 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-09-29 02:00 PM | Reply

They'll throw a roadblock up at every single turn.

And if it looks like they're going down in the end they'll blow the bridges on November 1.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2020-09-29 02:10 PM | Reply

#6 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

Where do you get this BS from?

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2020-09-29 02:11 PM | Reply

So, I guess you lefties assume that the 1.8M address changes were Democrat?

the country is pretty evenly split, the address changes would be hurting both Parties

#16 | Posted by Maverick at 2020-09-29 02:22 PM | Reply

wow RED, what the hell are you smoking?

BTW, Dems are bing caught in voter fraud all over the country starting in MN harvesting ballots, paying up to $800 per ballot

others are finding mail in ballots in the ditch...conservative one of course

Military Ballots are being lost

etc...

#17 | Posted by Maverick at 2020-09-29 02:24 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

At what point do you think Trump supporters will start to care about the destruction Trump has brought upon America?

My money is on two weeks after a Democrat becomes the president.

#18 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-09-29 02:24 PM | Reply

So, I guess you lefties assume that the 1.8M address changes were Democrat?

Why not? It's easy to do. Just target zip codes that are predominantly Democratic.

They've limited voting stations based on zip codes.

Republicans will do anything to prevent Americans from voting.

#19 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-09-29 02:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#6 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

That's your take?

Hum.

#20 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-09-29 02:40 PM | Reply

And "Anarchist Jurisdictions" a great name for a band!
#11 | POSTED BY DANFORTH

So is 'Satan's -----.'

#21 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-09-29 02:41 PM | Reply

the country is pretty evenly split, the address changes would be hurting both Parties
#16 | POSTED BY MAVERICK

Aren't you paying attention? This isn't happening in a vacuum. It's more likely that Dems will vote by mail than Repubs.

Hence, this harms the Dems more than the Repubs.

#22 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-09-29 02:44 PM | Reply

wow RED, what the hell are you smoking?
BTW, Dems are bing caught in voter fraud all over the country starting in MN harvesting ballots, paying up to $800 per ballot
others are finding mail in ballots in the ditch...conservative one of course
Military Ballots are being lost etc...
#17 | POSTED BY MAVERICK AT 2020-09-29 02:24 PM

It's a blend of indica and lies. I obviously do not possess the good genes of Wisconsin, which is another state among many that should be razed entirely. Oops, that bowl really hit me! DC isn't a state, so much as pre-radioactive wasteland. Gee, this ---- is strong.

Hey, I call BS on your assertions and require linkys. Prove your garbage, and I absolutely believe any nonsense will be from your side, bub. Anyone offering money - $800! must be funded illegally. Use your noggin!

Incidentally, do you honestly believe military will vote for Trump? Doesn't that seem geared for self-destruction?

Get real, Trump is in serious trouble and you will not be permitted to use a tipped Supreme Court to re-install him.

I might then consider smoking your averace and dispassion for breakfast, but the treason alone is sufficient.

#23 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-09-29 03:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#22 | Posted by rstybeach11

Funny you mention that. NPR had someone on yesterday talking about the numbers states are reporting. This time last election only about 10k absentee/early ballots had been received by now. This time I want to say there are 2.1 million in already. And the tables have turned, in a normal election cycle it is about 2:1 REPUBLICAN voting absentee and this time it is Democrats doing it. Go figure huh?

#24 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-09-29 03:09 PM | Reply

#17 | POSTED BY MAVERICK

LMAO - Project Veritas and ------ assertions. If that isn't a desperate pack of lies. How many times have they been blatantly caught altering video and audio etc now? Wait EVERY time? And yet you still take huge bite of that steaming pile o's___

Ron White says "You can't fix stupid", I agree.

#25 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-09-29 03:15 PM | Reply

Maverick is one of the biggest liars here. He only posts drive-by lies, never sticks around to face the music.

He's probably powered by a Russian bot, and like so many of today's conservatives, his political views are indistinguishable from Russian propaganda.

#26 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-09-29 03:16 PM | Reply

He's probably powered by a Russian bot

They weren't kidding when they said they could see Russia from their house. They just look down the street!

#27 | Posted by jpw at 2020-09-29 03:35 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

And so it begins...

Hey GOP, what is it like to
be proud to belong to a Party of
Cheats, Thieves, Felons, and Tax
Evaders? What? Too soon?

Sad. If you have to cheat to win,
you don't deserve to in the 1st place...

#28 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-09-29 04:14 PM | Reply

It was done on purpose. There was no system error. That would have been caught immediately.

Another attempt to steal an election by Republicans.

#29 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-09-29 04:21 PM | Reply

They really are throwing the kitchen sink at disrupting vote by mail.... but it is fun watching them squirm in fear of what's coming.

#30 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-09-29 04:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Comments are closed for this entry.

Home | Breaking News | Comments | User Blogs | Stats | Back Page | RSS Feed | RSS Spec | DMCA Compliance | Privacy | Copyright 2020 World Readable

Drudge Retort