U.S. Postmaster General Louis Dejoy testified to a Senate panel on Friday that he initially had "no idea" that blue mailboxes and other equipment were being removed, but defended their removal as normal and due to declining volume. "So this wasn’t some devious plot on your part," Sen. Ron Johnson said in responded. DeJoy also said that there have “been no changes in any policies with regard to election mail for the 2020 election” despite concerns about a notice that was sent out by the U.S. Postal Service saying they could not guarantee all mail-in ballots would be counted by Election Day. Dejoy said a similar letter was sent out by the deputy postmaster general in 2016, and that by sending this most recent notice he wanted to address the “great concern” there was about the volume of mail-in ballots likely coming in this year. “Since my arrival we’ve established and extended a task force, put up a website, and are diligently working to ensure a successful election,” Dejoy said. DeJoy testified to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee after changes to postal operations — like the removal of mailboxes and limiting of overtime hours — that have caused mail delays and drawn suggestions that the moves amount to political interference ahead of the November election.
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