Westlake community members hold rally in support of United States Postal Service

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WESTLAKE, Ohio (WJW) — Dozens of northeast Ohioans joined Katie McReynolds in Westlake for a rally to “Save the Post Office” on Saturday.

“While they’re delivering, someone has to speak up for them. This is a huge institution that employs over 500,000 people, middle-class citizens and that there’s a war on them. I just don’t understand why. They did nothing, they just provide mail for us.”

This rally was one of hundreds taking place around the country, organized by MoveOn.org, and comes as the postal service sent a letter to 46 states and D.C. warning of delays of mail-in-ballots as a record number of people are expected to use postal voting due to the pandemic.

“I’m gonna vote by mail myself, yes. I voted by mail for a number of years,” said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy as he promised lawmakers on Capitol Hill that those ballots would be delivered secure and on time. 

“I think that he realized he made a mistake but it’s just, is he gonna act on? I’m not really sure and I don’t think he is,” said Katie.

He also assured a senate committee election that election mail will be prioritized in some cases over first-class mail.

DeJoy said planned changes, which democrats claim would interfere with mail-in voting, will not be made until after the election but mail-sorting machines that were already taken offline are not needed and will not return.

Katie’s father John worked for the postal service for 33 years. “When I was with the post office, everything ran smoothly, now they’re taking out the machines, machines that could do 30,000 letters an hour and cutting down the workforce and I don’t know how that’s going to make it more efficient.”

Both father and daughter still have full confidence in the capabilities of the post office. “We’ve delivered ballots, vote in ballots, even back in the Civil War, there’s no problem there at all,” said John.

Katie says what they’re calling for goes beyond mail-in-ballots and the political. “It’s about getting people’s medicines on time, it’s about helping this institution.”

Despite the political controversy, John encourages people to keep faith in the post office. “We’ve been here since the dawn of the constitution and we plan on being here to help the American people communicate with them.”

The U.S. Postal Service has been under fire recently in light of mail-in ballot concerns regarding the upcoming presidential election in November.

A host of rallies were held across Northeast Ohio Saturday in support and against various political ideals.

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