UPS, FEDEX WARN THEY CAN’T CARRY BALLOTS LIKE US POSTAL SERVICE
United Parcel Service and FedEx on Friday shot down social media calls that they step in to deliver mail-in ballots from the US Postal Service, which is warning states of potentially “significant” delays, Lisa Baertlein wrote for Reuters on August 15, 2020..
“State ballots must be postmarked to be considered valid and only the USPS has lawful postmarking status. Therefore UPS, FedEx and other private parties cannot technically be involved in shipping ballots,” UPS told Reuters in a statement. “FedEx does accept individual ballots, and we advise that customers planning to return their ballots via FedEx should closely review their state’s guidelines on absentee voting and deadlines for ballots or related election documents,” FedEx said.
Republican President Donald Trump on Thursday said he opposed providing funds for the struggling Postal Service for mail voting, which is expected to surge to 50% as the coronavirus pandemic rages ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. Trump’s action has been deemed illegal by some experts and an inquiry into his postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, has been launched by the USPS inspector general for conflict of interest and ethics violation since he owns shares in three companies engaged in activities as USPS.
The Postal Service said on Friday it has written to 46 states and the District of Columbia warning there is a significant risk voters will not have enough time to complete and return their ballots. In a viral Twitter post here on Thursday, author and radio host David Rothkopf said there was a "big opportunity" for UPS and FedEx to deliver ballots for free. "You'll overnight become the most beloved and respected organization in America," he wrote. Various laws and regulations for the most part prohibit private delivery companies from handling mail-in and absentee ballots, the companies and experts told Reuters. Exceptions include deliveries deemed “extremely urgent” by statute and deliveries on the day of and afternoon prior to election day.