By Larry Riggs
Do conservative Republican members of Congress who want to kill off Saturday first class mail delivery have the hidden agenda of suppressing the minority vote?
Or would they mind it too much if cutting Saturday delivery had the unintended consequence of lowering minority votes since many minority groups tend to vote early, by mail, and not for Republicans?
According to Scripps Howard, election officials in at least one state—California– fear that stopping Saturday delivery could prevent some ballots from reaching boards of elections in time to be counted for Tuesday elections http://www.independentmail.com/news/2013/mar/12/No-usps-saturday-delivery-could-hamper-voting-mail.
If you don’t believe such practices could affect minority voters just look at what’s going on in Florida.
Last August, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that Florida’s laws that vastly reduced early voting days would seriously cut into minority voting. Therefore, the court stopped the state from implementing changes in five counties covered by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-08-17/news/os-florida-early-voting-law-20120817_1_federal-crightourt-voter-registration-election-law.
Earlier this month, activists staged protests across the state calling for repeal of these early voting laws, according to Fightback News http://www.fightbacknews.org/2013/3/11/florida-rallies-repeal-voter-suppression-laws.
Among other things, reducing minority votes might help the GOP advance its agenda of downsizing government and further weakening labor unions. The overwhelming majority of postal employees are unionized.
Naturally the USPS denies this would happen but common sense would tell otherwise.