Democrats’ rally supports Post Office

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Members of the Dorchester Democratic Central Committee demonstrated Saturday at the Post Office in Cambridge.

CAMBRIDGE — Members of the Dorchester Democratic Central Committee took part in a demonstration Saturday in front of the Post Office on High Street. The event was held, organizers said, to support the U.S. Postal Service as it faces cuts by the Trump Administration.

Newly appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major donor to the president’s campaign, ordered earlier this month that overtime be discontinued, and that sorting machines and mailboxes be removed from service. Many opponents of the president have interpreted the moves as intended to restrict mail-in voting.

The president said in an interview on March 30 that if access to ballots were increased, “you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.” He has also claimed that mail-in ballots will lead to widespread fraud, and has not confirmed that he will honor the results of the Nov. 3 election.

Postmaster DeJoy said at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Thursday that the changes were necessary to adapt to the changes in the marketplace. He denied making changes to election mail and encouraged voting by mail, saying he will vote that way himself.
He confirmed that though no more processing equipment or mailboxes will be removed until after the election, sorting equipment has already been taken out of service will not be reinstalled.

Mr. DeJoy’s explanations left local Democrats unconvinced.
“They are working to dismantle our post offices, including removing imperative sorting machines and slowing the mail — our medicine, our checks, even our ballots, warning states not to count on the post office for our election,” a flyer from demonstration organizers said. “This is simply voter suppression. So be sure to vote early.”

Karen Bearman took part in the protest. “We don’t want anything to interfere with our voting in the coming election,” she said.
Saturday’s event was one of many similar protests taking place around the nation. The committee will hold another demonstration on Aug. 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., also at the Cambridge Post Office, at 301 High St.