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USPS mailboxes removed in Oregon cities as officials cite ‘declining mail volume’

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The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) removed mailboxes in parts of Oregon as city officials say they’ve seen a significant decline in mail volume. 

“First-class mail volume has declined significantly in the U.S., especially since the pandemic,” Ernie Swanson, a spokesman for the USPS, told The Oregonian. “That translates to less mail in collection boxes.”

Swanson said that the change shouldn’t affect service, such as pickup times and processing of mail. Another USPS source told the outlet that boxes were being replaced with higher-security ones. 

The USPS has seen a significantly decline in revenue, and on Thursday President Trump suggested that he was unwilling to make a deal with Democrats that included providing funding for the Postal Service.

Trump has repeatedly argued that increased mail-in voting could lead to more voter fraud, though there is no evidence to suggest that’s the case. He said Thursday he wasn’t keen on providing the Postal Service with more money because it could ease mail-in voting.

“They want $25 billion for the post office. Now, they need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said. “Now in the meantime, they aren’t getting there. By the way, those are just two items. But if they don’t get those two items that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting, because they’re not equipped to have it.”

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