On December 17, Democracy scored an important win as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Public Citizen Litigation Group and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) announced that they had secured a settlement in their case against the US Postal Service to protect mail-in voting.
The suit was filed in the midst of the 2020 election, as Donald Trump and his hand-picked Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, were planning to use the Postal Service to slow the delivery of mail, including mail-in ballots, in an attempt to hurt Joe Biden and Democrats across the nation.
As part of the settlement, the USPS has agreed to meet with representatives from the NAACP before each national election through 2028 to update them on their plans to ensure smooth mail service leading up to the election. The USPS will also provide weekly status reports and issue guidance documents to the public laying out how it will prioritize and monitor election mail.
There is no question that the NAACP has played an incredibly important role in so many civil rights battles in our nation’s history. Once again, we owe them a deep debt of gratitude for protecting one of our most important and fundamental rights–our right to vote.
This win is particularly important for us here in Pennsylvania, where Republicans are doing everything possible to spread lies about election security and undermine the mail-in voting system that they once overwhelmingly supported.
Mail-in voting has been crucial for so many voters who have serious health issues, lack reliable transportation, or simply have family or work obligations that don’t allow them to get to the polls in person. It has been safe, secure, and allowed some of our most marginalized and at-risk citizens to exercise their right to vote. I am so grateful that the NAACP took on this important fight, and more importantly, that they won.
Charlotte Valyo, Chair
Chester County Democratic Committee