John Legend warns against sending ballots through the mail at this point
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Singer John Legend took to Twitter on Tuesday to warn that it may be too late for voters to mail in their ballots. 

Legend, a coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” was responding to a tweet by NBC News White House correspondent Geoff Bennett, in which he warned that the United States Postal Service’s estimated delivery times for first-class mail had dropped again. 

“If you are voting absentee and haven’t returned your ballot, experts say drop it off in person. Do not rely on #USPS delivery at this point,” Bennett tweeted a week before Election Day. 

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Legend responded: “This is intentional. Do not put your ballots in the mail any more.” 

The 41-year-old singer later said on Twitter that he signed up to track his ballot, and had gotten a text confirming that it was received.

“If your state offers this, make sure you track your ballot. And a reminder to not rely on the USPS for the final week of voting,” Legend tweeted.

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Mail-in ballots have become a hot-button issue as the coronavirus pandemic has sparked concerns about voting in person. The Postal Service has already confirmed that it has delivered more than 100 million ballots ahead of the election. 

Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyJudge orders Postal Service to sweep facilities twice a day for any ballots that can be delivered on time Brent Budowsky: Democracy in America is on trial Postal Service misses court-ordered deadline for unsent mail ballots MORE issued sweeping operational changes to the post office in June and July, citing cost-cutting measures amid the pandemic. Changes were made to personnel, overtime pay was cut for postal workers and in some cases mail-sorting machines were removed from facilities.

The changes drew bipartisan backlash, with Democrats claiming that DeJoy was trying to help President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE win reelection by stifling absentee voting. To curb these fears, DeJoy said in August that he would pause the changes until after the election, but not undo those that had already been made. 

In a report issued last Wednesday, the Postal Service Office of Inspector General found that mail service “significantly dropped” beginning in July, “directly corresponding” to the implementation of the changes.