Florida congressman Kionne McGhee sounded the alarm on Twitter Friday after sharing a video purporting to show mail stacked up at the Princeton postal office with the caption, “Raw footage of mailroom in post office here in Miami Dade. Source revealed ‘mail in ballots are within these piled up in bins on the floor. Mail has been sitting for over week!.’”
In a follow-up tweet, McGhee wrote, “Per source — both Post Master and Postal Inspector are aware of this issue at the Princeton post office. Post Master is taking photos and videos of the matter and expect sorting to take them past Tuesday.”
Rep. McGhee told the Miami Herald that the footage in his tweet was filmed on Friday, and that it was provided to him directly from the person who filmed it. In a statement around 5 p.m., McGhee said the video was sent to him “from a concerned postal worker who was disturbed by what they were seeing.”
Per source -both Post Master and Postal Inspector are aware of this issue at the Princeton post office. Post Master is taking photos and videos of the matter and expect sorting to take them past Tuesday.
— Dem House Leader (@kionnemcghee) October 30, 2020
McGhee said the video “means we have a lot more work to do to ensure that the integrity of our voting system, our mail system and our nation remains intact.”
“I call on the Postal Service to correct this and promise the citizens of Miami-Dade that these ballots will be delivered in time,” McGhee said. “I call on [Florida Secretary of State] Laurel Lee … and Governor Ron DeSantis to use their power and influence to guarantee every valid vote in Florida is counted.”
“Mail that should already have been delivered has been piling up at the Princeton post office in South Miami-Dade County near Homestead, according to Mark Travers, South Florida president for the National Association of Letter Carriers,” reports the Miami Herald. “Travers said he first learned of the backup more than a week ago, on Wednesday, Oct. 21. He raised the matter in a call that Friday with other Florida mail officials, who said they would address the issue.”
The newspaper added: “A week later, it appeared the backlog remained, Travers said. He has since been told that additional resources, including more trucks, would be sent to the area, and that carriers would be asked to work to their ‘contractual maximum’ to get the mail out.”
Travers said postal officials are now considering delivering mail this Sunday to alleviate the backlog.
“They said they’ll be current by [Saturday],” Travers said. “I’m not sure I believe that.”
Travers confirmed that the footage shared by McGhee showed the Princeton post office, but said he could not identify any ballots.
Still, he said, “It shouldn’t look like that — it shouldn’t be that backed up. No one person could clear that out in one day. It should not be that backed up. It needs to be moving out quicker.”