“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
While the Postal Service has no official motto, the popular belief that it does is a tribute to America’s postal workers. The words above, thought to be the motto, are chiseled in gray granite over the entrance to the New York City Post Office on 8th Avenue and come from Book 8, Paragraph 98, of The Persian Wars by Herodotus. During the wars between the Greeks and Persians (500-449 B.C.), the Persians operated a system of mounted postal couriers who served with great fidelity. *
But the Persians never met Donald Trump and his Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
The Post Office needs funding and Trump is blocking the effort. Why? Because, as he brazenly put it, “that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting.” *
With that in mind, we repeat:
If you aren’t registered to vote, get it done now. And if mail-in or absentee ballots are a new thing for you, familiarize yourself now with your state’s requirements. Lead times may be greater than you think, and the Post Office might not be up to snuff.
If you’ve any doubts about the Post Office delivering your ballot in time to be counted, deliver it in person to the proper ballot box or election headquarters.