Residents rally for U.S. Postal Service in Longmont – Longmont Times-Call

More than 20 people gathered outside the Longmont post office Monday to show support for the U.S. Postal Service.

The postal service has been a point of contention ahead of the November election coupled with the coronavirus pandemic.

Organizer David Bishton holds a “Democracy needs the USPS” sign near the entrance to the drive-up mail boxes during a demonstration to show support for the U.S. Postal Service at the Coffman Street location in Longmont on Monday. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

“Our democracy is dependent on the U.S. Postal and free and fair elections,” said Shari Malloy, attendee and Longmont resident. “We’re trying to connect those two dots.”

Event organizer David Bishton said he decided to create the eveny after receiving positive feedback on a sign he brought to Saturday’s Longmont Leads in Love event that read “Democracy needs the USPS.”

“It was all meant to support the post office and to support voting through the post office,” he said. “It was a very nice event.”

Bishton said cars passing by the gathering at 2nd Avenue and Coffman Street honked and waved. Malloy said some drivers gestured thumbs up or peace signs.

Malloy said she was alarmed that Monday’s event was even necessary.

“I mean, who would’ve thought that even six months ago that we would need to be demonstrating to save our U.S. Postal Service,” she said. “It was founded by Ben Franklin to connect the country from coast to coast. It’s a bedrock to our freedom and democracy.”

Colorado is one of five states with an automatic vote-by-mail election system, and experts agree the process is as safe as it gets.

Despite accusations of the mail delivery slowing down, Postal Service spokesman for Colorado David Rupert said they have no widespread delays.

“We have plenty of capacity in our network for mail today, in the election period and into the holidays,” he said.

Bishton said he is worried about mail-in voting in other states.

“I think we’re spoiled in Colorado, with a very well established mail voting system. I’m concerned about other states,” he said.

Congressman Joe Neguse is hosting an event at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Boulder Post Office, 1905 15th St., “in response to troubling operational changes and USPS sabotage over the last few days.”

Constituents who have experienced mail delays and local letter carriers will speak, said Sally Tucker, the congressman’s spokeswoman.

Neguse’s proposal to provide $25 million for the Postal Service emergency funds will be included in the package that the House of Representatives will vote on this weekend, Tucker said.

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