Group gathers to support USPS workers in Owensboro Tues.

Group gathers to support USPS workers in Owensboro Tues.
Updated: Aug. 18, 2020 at 4:58 PM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - A couple dozen people gathered outside of one of the U.S.P.S locations in Owensboro - showing their support for the postal service.

“We’re out here rallying today for the post office. For the protection of the post office and the service that we have come to expect and enjoy from our local post offices and post offices across the United States,” said rally organizer and Daviess County Democratic party chair, Donna Haynes.

The postal service is warning states it cannot guarantee that all ballots cast by mail for the November third election will arrive in time to be counted, even if ballots are mailed by state deadlines.

“This is a very important issue and something we’ve got to preserve it should not be made a political issue,” said Haynes.

The rally organizer says she's concerned that this issue could deprive voters of their rights. Another rally participant says she'll be upset if this impacts the outcome of the election.

“I want to make sure all the votes are counted and I would be very upset if Donald Trump was reelected due to the fact that not all the votes were counted, so I think it’s incredibly important that the postal service remains vigorous always but definitely through the election,” said rally participant, Forest Roberts.

Officials say Post Master General Louis DeJoy cut overtime, late delivery trips and other expenses that ensure mail arrives at its destination on time. Former postal worker for 25 years Wayne Herbst said he came out to support his USPS family.

“I have faith that the post office will process all those mail-in ballots because they’re a dedicated bunch of workers,” said former postal worker, Wayne Herbst.

Protestors say they’re hoping today’s rally will catch the attention of Kentucky politicians.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling the Congress back into session this week to address the Postal Service. A vote is expected Saturday on the “Delivering for America Act.” Officials say this legislation would prohibit any changes in mail delivery or services for 2020.

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