Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, Chair Pro Tem of the Board of Supervisors, issued an Executive Order taking urgent action to ensure the functioning of American Democracy amid COVID-19.
At Supervisor Solis’s direction, the County of Los Angeles will join or file in litigation as amicus curiae aimed to prevent changes to the United States Postal Service (USPS) that threaten the public’s ability to vote by mail and obtain life-saving medication. Supervisor Solis’s Executive Order also directs the County to oppose the Federal Administration’s further attempts, through the Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s recent post office changes, to compromise the public’s Constitutional rights and protect the integrity of the nation’s postal service, including through the pending cases captioned State of Washington, et al. v. Donald J. Trump, et al., Case No. 1:20-cv-03127-SAB (E.D.W.) or any other litigation deemed appropriate by County Counsel.
USPS is an essential service for Los Angeles County residents. At its core, USPS is not a business but instead is an essential service mandated by the United States Constitution. Each day, the USPS delivers live-saving medicines, mails Social Security payments, and makes other critical deliveries to our 10 million residents. In addition, in an effort not to expose people to the COVID-19 virus, all registered Los Angeles County voters will receive a Vote-By-Mail ballot for the November 3, 2020 election.
“Our residents’ right to vote bestowed by the Constitution cannot be compromised by the deterioration of the postal service, a service created by the same sacred document,” said Supervisor Solis. “The Federal Administration’s action threatens the public’s ability to vote and rely on the crucial service of the United States Postal Service during an unprecedented health pandemic. The changes, many of which have already impacted mail delivery, also negatively affect the hardworking essential postal service workers. Hampering the ability of our mail carriers to do their job has the possible result of exposing more people to COVID-19 by requiring them to go out of their homes for essential services or to exercise their right to vote. With my Executive Order, Los Angeles County will do its part to reverse these detrimental changes to our postal service in time for the census deadline and the November election.”
Contact: Kimberly Ortega, SELA District Director, email@example.com