Mail-in Ballots: Can USPS deliver?
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On Nov. 3, experts predict the presidential election will produce the highest voter turnout in at least a century — but a significant chunk of those voters won't be casting their ballot at a physical polling place. Safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic have shined the spotlight on the United States Postal Service and its financial struggles, raising questions about whether it can handle an increased load of mail-in ballots. Will it be able to deliver results on time, free of fraud? Management professor Michael Nalick, an expert in the intersection of business and politics, shares his greatest concerns and explains how the post office became a political issue in the first place.
In this episode:
- Yahoo! News: The Trump campaign is reportedly "discussing contingency plans to bypass election results"
- NPR: A Brief History of Political Interference in the U.S. Postal Service
- More on the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (Washington Post)
- FiveThirtyEight: How the Post Office Became a Political Football