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Postal Service will prioritize ballots over other mail, postmaster general testifies

On Aug. 21, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified before a Senate committee and expressed support for voting by mail. (Video: The Washington Post)

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told lawmakers Friday that ensuring the safe and timely delivery of election mail was his “sacred duty,” disputing accusations his controversial cost-cutting agenda was politically motivated even as he reiterated his intention to execute it after the November election.

In sworn testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, DeJoy said postal workers would continue to prioritize election mail ahead of other first-class mailings, an informal but long-standing practice.

“I’d like to emphasize there has been no changes of any policies in regard to election mail for the 2020 election,” DeJoy said, adding later that the agency would deploy “processes and procedures to advance the election mail, in some cases ahead of first-class mail.”