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Postal Employees in Maine Defiantly Reassemble Mail-Sorting Machine Ahead of Election

Two machines were decommissioned earlier this year, with the other having been sold for scrap.

The 2020 election may very well come down to mail-in votes, thanks in no small part to the global coronavirus pandemic, and this has created a new and novel tension here in the United States.

While absentee ballots have long been a part of American electoral experience, President Trump has consistently railed against the sudden resurgence of other mailed-in ballots, which he has described as unsolicited and rife with the potential for fraud.

Furthermore, the Commander in Chief has relayed concerns that the the US Postal Service may not be able to keep up with the demand for these ballots, which could lead to a delay in election results and utter confusion in the first week of November.  Critics have claimed that some members of the USPS staff had been sabotaging the mail-in voting efforts as well, demanding that a number of high-powered mail-sorting machines be decommissioned or removed from postal facilities around the nation.

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In Maine, US Postal Service Workers have seemingly taken this matter into their own hands. 

U.S. Postal Service workers have reassembled one of the two high-speed letter sorting machines that were ordered dismantled over the summer in Maine.

WMTW-TV reports the machine that can sort more than 20,000 letters an hour went back into operation on Thursday.

The American Postal Workers Union pushed management to restore the machine to help deliver election-related mail promptly.

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The second machine in question was sold for scrap earlier this year.

 

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