Demonstrators with signs stand in front of the post office along Livernois Road, near Big Beaver Road, in Troy.

Demonstrators with signs stand in front of the post office along Livernois Road, near Big Beaver Road, in Troy.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Activists demonstrate for post office promptness

By: Eric Czarnik | Troy Times | Published September 22, 2020

 The protestors’ messages related to the post office and the upcoming election.

The protestors’ messages related to the post office and the upcoming election.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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TROY — Troy resident Paul Krause believes that mail delivery times need to be dependable, especially with an election coming up.

“We, as Troy residents, have observed that the time for mail delivery has doubled and tripled in the last few months,” he said. “Personally, as a retired pharmacist, I know that many people are not receiving their medications on time, and to me, that is very problematic.

“Finally, we are all concerned about absentee ballots in the upcoming election.”

As a result, Krause and other demonstrators gathered Sept. 12 at the U.S. Postal Service Troy post office, located on Livernois Road, south of Big Beaver Road. He said 15 people came to the rally.

Krause said he has a history of activism and recently became a Democratic Party precinct delegate for Troy’s 29th Precinct. He said the demonstrators’ goals were simple.

“We want the U.S. government to do everything possible to restore the integrity of the U.S. Post Office,” he said. “By bringing awareness to this situation, we are hoping that all our representatives in Congress will take this issue to Washington.”

Krause said many motorists passing by received the demonstration favorably.

“Consequently, we felt that this demonstration, as well as all peaceful protests against injustice, are effective,” he said.

Elizabeth Najduch, Detroit District USPS strategic communications specialist, said in an email that the postal service gives “election officials who are mindful of our operational standards” a voting method that is “secure, efficient and effective.”

“The Postal Service is committed to delivering election mail in a timely manner,” she said. “We employ a robust and proven process to ensure proper handling of all election mail, including ballots. This includes close coordination and partnerships with election officials at the local and state levels.”

Najduch said people who use the mail to vote should learn about what their local jurisdiction requires for doing it properly. She said jurisdictions should tell voters to seek ballots as soon as possible “but no later than 15 days prior to Election Day.” She added that, in general, voters should send in ballots at least a week before Election Day.

Najduch also said the postal service is ready and has ample capacity to handle all election mail, as it expects all election mail to be under 2% of the overall mail volume from mid-September until the election. She added that the USPS’s inspection service has “robust programs” to “identify, prevent and mitigate” issues such as mail fraud and theft.

Find out more about the U.S. Postal Service and the elections by visiting usps.com/votinginfo. Find out more about the Troy USPS post office, 2844 Livernois Road, by calling (248) 619-1598.

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