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Vote-by-Mail Fight Opens New Front for Democrats Against Trump

  • Postal Service cutbacks by Trump ally raise doubts on election
  • Pelosi calls House back from recess to work on urgent bill
Demonstrators Protest Suppression Of Mail-In Voting
Photographer: Eric Lee/Bloomberg
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A pitched battle over the U.S. Postal Service and its ability to reliably deliver presidential election ballots during a pandemic has broken out on the eve of the parties’ high-profile conventions.

Democrats accuse President Donald Trump of sabotaging the agency to cripple vote-by-mail efforts, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi suspended the House’s summer recess to take up related legislation. Meanwhile, Trump, who’s trailing challenger Joe Biden in polls, has claimed -- without evidence -- that widespread remote voting routinely leads to massive fraud, putting Republicans in a tough spot, given the popularity of the Postal Service.