So here’s the chaser to all of the shots this afternoon about the inaugural meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity … you know, the hot takes on how Republicans keep insisting voter fraud is a problem just as an excuse to further pursue their “voter suppression” efforts, like photo ID.
Postal Service broke law in pushing time off for workers to campaign for Clinton, investigation finds http://wapo.st/2tfVCjQ
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“Systemic” violation of the Hatch Act was found: Local postal officials were directed to grant unpaid time off, even if it left offices shorthanded, as 97 union members joined Labor 2016 efforts.
According to the Washington Post:
The investigation found that 97 letter carriers took time off, sometimes weeks, to take part in the union’s Labor 2016 program, canvassing, making phone calls and working on other get-out-the-vote efforts to help elect Clinton and other pro-labor candidates. The workers were dispatched to battleground states, including Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio. They were reimbursed for their unpaid leave by the union’s political action committee.
The time-off-to-campaign-at-any-cost practice was brought to lawmakers’ attention by a letter carrier in Wisconsin, who testified that the absence on short notice of multiple employees at his post office and those in nearby towns left them short-staffed and paying out overtime to the workers who stayed behind. One letter carrier was gone five weeks.
The Postmaster General admitted being labeled as “having an institutional bias is pretty damning” after an investigation found violations of the Hatch Act.
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