The funding fight over the U.S. Postal Service is spilling from the political world into the courtroom.
Democratic House candidate Mondaire Jones on Monday announced plans to sue over changes at the postal service the party fears could make it harder for people to cast ballots by mail or absentee.
At the same time, New York Attorney General Letitia James said her office was assessing its legal options in challenging the changes at the postal service as well.
At issue is funding for the USPS. President Donald Trump's administration has been opposed to $25 billion in funding for the postal service, and the president himself last week acknowledged the money could be used to expand mail-in ballot access.
Trump on Monday at the White House, however, insisted he wanted to "speed up" postal service.
But Democrats have raised alarms over the funding fight ahead of the election as millions more absnetee ballots are expected to be cast due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“In the midst of a global pandemic requiring more Americans to vote by mail than ever before, the USPS provides a public service that is essential to free and fair elections this November," said Jones, the Democratic nominee for a suburban New York House seat being vacated by Rep. Nita Lowey.
"The actions of the President and Postmaster General to undermine the USPS are a deliberate assault on our democracy,” said Jones. “I will not stand idly by while Trump makes his latest interference in our electoral process. This isn’t just an attack against the fabric of our democracy — it’s a personal attack against each and every American citizen.”
James, the state attorney general, called interference in the postal service's ability to function "disturbing" and said her office was assessing its legal options.
"I, along with numerous other state attorneys general from around the nation, are now swiftly examining every legal option to protect the postal service and Americans’ right to vote absentee," James said. "While the president works to disenfranchise voters, we will fight to protect our democracy and ensure every eligible voter has the opportunity to cast a ballot come November.”