The United States Postal Service proposed removing 15% of its machines that sort letters, according to a May document titled “equipment reduction.”
The postal service called the change “necessary,” while Democrats in Congress sounded the alarm. The proposal is just the latest USPS internal policy change revealed amid projections that the upcoming November election will see a record number of votes by mail.
A total of 502 sorting machines were proposed to be decommissioned, according to Motherboard, which obtained the May 15 document. Anonymous sources told Motherboard they’ve witnessed the machines being destroyed and anonymous postal workers and union officials said machine removals are still occurring in multiple states.
“The Postal Service routinely moves equipment around its network as necessary to match changing mail and package volumes,” USPS spokesperson Marti Johnson told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement…