BISMARCK, ND — As news broke that United States Postal Service sorting machines in Fargo, Grand Forks, and Bismarck were slated for removal, Rep. Kelly Armstrong voted against a bipartisan bill to support USPS and halt the mail slow-down felt nationwide.
Armstrong has both admitted the systemic problems at USPS and brushed off his constituents’ concerns over the removal of sorting machines, elimination of overtime, and other changes causing a mail slow-down. The Postmaster General is a GOP mega donor, and the president has specifically targeted USPS because of mail-in voting, without recognizing it as a necessity for people to receive life-sustaining prescription medication and lifeline for businesses, especially in rural North Dakota.
The Democratic-NPL Party Communications Director Alex Rohr said:
“Despite Rep. Armstrong’s finger-pointing speech before he voted against the bipartisan bill supporting USPS, the Post Office can and will deliver votes from members of both parties this fall. The bill would officially halt the planned removal of mail sorting machines, including the three in Fargo, Grand Forks, and Bismarck, to ensure North Dakotans have access to mail-in voting as an option. USPS shouldn’t be partisan. COVID-19 relief shouldn’t be partisan. But politicians like Rep. Armstrong are refusing to work collaboratively to solve real problems.
We urge voters to request their ballots now, make a plan, and to cast their vote for Zach Raknerud for Congress who won’t let partisanship get in the way of representing you.”