PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Introduces Motion To Expand Ballot Drop-Off Access

LOS ANGELES - In an effort to safeguard voting access for all Angelenos, Councilmember David Ryu introduced a motion today instructing the City Clerk to report with options to expand ballot drop-off centers for the November 2020 election. The United States Postal Service (USPS), ahead of an election season in which a record number of mail-in ballots are expected to be cast, has made a number of operational changes that could impact its ability to process mail quickly. Ryu’s motion seeks to put ballot drop-off locations throughout the City where voters can safely deposit a mail-in ballot without relying on the USPS.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

August 26, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

 

Councilmember Ryu Introduces Motion To Expand Ballot Drop-Off Access

 

LOS ANGELES - In an effort to safeguard voting access for all Angelenos, Councilmember David Ryu introduced a motion today instructing the City Clerk to report with options to expand ballot drop-off centers for the November 2020 election. The United States Postal Service (USPS), ahead of an election season in which a record number of mail-in ballots are expected to be cast, has made a number of operational changes that could impact its ability to process mail quickly. Ryu’s motion seeks to put ballot drop-off locations throughout the City where voters can safely deposit a mail-in ballot without relying on the USPS.

“Americans have fought and died to secure the right to vote, and we won’t let Donald Trump or his enablers take that away,” Councilmember Ryu said. “California is fortunate to have universal mail-in voting, but during the COVID-19 pandemic and cuts at the USPS, we need to expand our resources to ensure every Angeleno can vote easily and safely.”

With COVID-19 still active, alternatives to in-person voting have become crucial to ensure everyone, including seniors and immuno-compromised people, can still cast their ballots.

The cutbacks, which Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has argued is a necessary cost-saving measure, have been centered mostly in urban areas, greatly affecting small businesses and communities of color. DeJoy, who testified before a Congressional panel on changes to the USPS this week,  announced a “pause" to planned changes at the USPS on August 18. That same day, Councilmember Ryu said on Twitter that “Paused is not enough. These policies must be stopped, reversed, and the USPS must be given the $25 [billion] allocated by House Democrats over three months ago.”

Democrats in the House of Representatives originally sought $25 billion in USPS funding in March. Lawmakers on both sides later agreed to a $13 billion grant for the Postal Service as a part of the Federal CARES Act, but it was ultimately shelved after the President threatened to veto the entire stimulus package if it included USPS funding. On August 22, the House passed another bill with bipartisan support to give $25 billion to the USPS.

The motion was seconded by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and referred to the Rules Committee. Read it here.

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Assistant City Council President Pro Tempore David E. Ryu represents Los Angeles’ 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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