While political pundits debate whether the unprecedented participation of 150 million Americans in this year’s presidential election signified enthusiasm for President-elect Joe Biden or strong feelings pro and con about President Trump, New York Metro Area Postal Union President Jonathan Smith believes the answer is in the mail.
More than 65 million ballots were returned via the U.S. Postal Service, by far a record for mail-balloting, and Mr. Smith said by phone following a Nov. 17 rally outside the James A. Farley Post Office in Midtown that the popularizing of voting in that fashion was responsible for generating the record returns.
“I think it had a major contribution in the turnout,” he said. “It enabled people to participate in the election who might not have done it before.”
And the ability of postal workers to handle that volume of ballots despite stops and starts in their operations since early summer due to reductions in service—ordered in June by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy but rescinded a couple of months later under pressure from angry legislators at congressional hearings—Mr. Smith said, meant that “the Postal Service was fundamental to democracy.”