Republican Senate candidate Jason Lewis said he received a thick stack of mail this week that was supposed to be delivered to the P.O. Box of the governor’s campaign committee.
Lewis said the mishap demonstrates that the United States Postal Service “is woefully incapable of handling universal mail-in ballot proposals being pushed by the Democrats.”
“We need to follow statutory law as it pertains to voting in Minnesota. If you want an absentee ballot, you should request one, fill it out, and be confident it will reach its destination and be counted. But the universal mail-in ballot proposals being pushed by Democrats across the country would jeopardize that system,” he said.
Lewis received 73 campaign donations that were intended for Gov. Tim Walz, according to a statement from the Lewis campaign.
“Don’t worry, Tim, we’re going to give your mail back to you, but this is the latest evidence that the post office cannot handle anything more than the current system of absentee voting. Between universal mail-in ballot proposals and other questionable practices which have now been legalized, such as ballot harvesting and removing the deadline on which ballots can be received, all of a sudden the integrity of our election here in Minnesota looks extremely questionable,” Lewis continued.
Attorney General Keith Ellison joined a lawsuit against the Postal Service this week over a number of operational changes the agency planned to make before the election, such as decommissioning mail-sorting equipment, removing mailboxes, and ending the practice of processing mail-in ballots as first-class mail.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi then accused the president of a “campaign to sabotage the election by manipulating the Postal Service to disenfranchise voters,” but President Donald Trump maintains that universal mail-in voting will overwhelm the Postal Service and lead to widespread fraud.
After the lawsuit was announced, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said the plans for the changes “predate” his arrival at the Postal Service, but would be put on hold until after the election in order to “avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail.”
“Democrats like Sen. Tina Smith are fully aware the USPS is not up to the task, but they are deliberately trying to introduce chaos into this election — if not steal it outright—by already teeing up excuses for not accepting the outcome of the election,” Lewis added. “Between the Democrats’ calls for socialism, anarchy in the streets, and now their attempts to muddy the waters of the election results, it’s clear the only thing that can and will stop the Democrats from turning Minnesota into a cold Venezuela is Donald Trump and Jason Lewis.”