From Bush-Cheney '04 Communications

To:       Interested Parties
From:   Bush-Cheney '04 Communications
Date:    10/20/04
Re:       Letter To Postmaster General John Potter On Ballot Mail Integrity


Bush-Cheney '04 General Counsel Tom Josefiak today sent the following letter on ballot mail integrity to United States Postmaster General John Potter.


Letter To Postmaster General John Potter


Mr. John Potter
Postmaster General
United States Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20260-0010
Dear Mr. Potter:
Recently the Bush-Cheney campaign received anecdotal reports that mail carriers in Florida and elsewhere have suggested that they would consider failing to deliver ballot materials from homes that “appear Republican.”  This type of behavior is both morally reprehensible and illegal. 
I write to seek your assurance that all employees of the United States Postal Service appreciate the importance of delivering ballot and election materials as quickly as possible, regardless of the perceived partisan affiliation of the voter.  Given the large number of absentee ballots expected in this election, it is crucial that individual mail carriers understand their important role in the protection of our democracy.
With this concern in mind, I respectfully request that you issue a reminder to USPS employees that all election and balloting materials should be delivered expeditiously, without regard to partisan affiliation.  Voters in America must be able to trust their mail carriers not to slow or destroy absentee ballots or absentee ballot applications. 
I would greatly appreciate any information you can offer on this topic, especially regarding past actions your office has taken to ensure the integrity of ballot mail.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office.



Thomas J. Josefiak
General Counsel
cc:        David Williams
USPS Inspector General




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