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A USPS mail worker wearing a mask driving a mail vehicle in New Jersey on Aug. 13. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

State and local officials have come down on the Trump administration for changes to the U.S. Postal Service implemented by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and threats from the president to block stimulus funding carved out to help the agency as it prepares to processes mail-in ballots for the November general election.

Why it matters: Lawmakers fear that cost-cutting measures and modifications to election mail processing practices could delay election mail, which could disenfranchise voters and delay election results.

The big picture: USPS has notified at least 46 states and the District of Columbia since July that it cannot ensure ballots sent by mail in the general election will arrive in time to be counted, citing close state election deadlines and a surge in mail-in voting due to the coronavirus.

  • In response to the letters, some states have proposed extending their mail-in voting deadlines. However, if states go ahead with deadline changes, it would guarantee election results will be delayed.
What they're saying:

Greg Fischer, mayor of Louisville and president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors: "The news of recent changes to the U.S. Postal Service’s delivery process coupled with the Administration’s decision to withhold funding is alarming and should be of grave concern to us all, particularly with the General Election only months away," per a statement.

Kim Wyman, Republican secretary of state in Washington: “Politicizing these administrative processes is dangerous and undermines public confidence in our elections,” she said in a statement, according to AP.

  • “This volume of work is by no means unusual, and is an operation I am confident the U.S. Postal Service is sufficiently prepared to fulfill.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom: "The @USPS should be fully funded. Pass it on."

Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic governor of Virginia: "Donald Trump will do anything he can to stay in power. Let’s be clear about this, his attack on the Postal Service is an attack on our democracy. We need to protect it so we can protect everyone’s right to vote."

Christine Todd Whitman, former Republican governor of New Jersey: "It is ironic that, as we approach the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and the enfranchisement of women in the electoral process, we have an administration that is trying to disenfranchise millions of American voters."

  • "This is shameful. The #USPS must be fully funded and every vote must be counted. #SaveTheUSPS."

Go deeper: House Oversight chair introduces bill to preserve USPS services

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Murkowski: "It is time to begin the full and formal transition process"

Murkowski leaves the Senate Republicans lunch in September. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) tweeted Sunday, "It is time to begin the full and formal transition process." She called Trump's attempts to overturn President-elect Biden's win "inconsistent with our democratic process."

Why it matters: Only a handful of congressional Republicans have acknowledged Biden as president-elect as Trump and his campaign continue unsuccessful legal challenges in key swing states.

Updated 15 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Biden names Erika Moritsugu as senior AAPI liaison

Erika Moritsugu. Photo courtesy: National Partnership for Women & Families

President Biden has named Erika Moritsugu as deputy assistant to the president and Asian American and Pacific Islander senior liaison, the White House announced Wednesday.

Driving the news: The decision follows weeks of pressure from AAPI leaders to include more Asian American representation at the Cabinet level and in senior administration roles.

Matt Gaetz targets CNN in new ad amid sexual misconduct claims

Rep. Matt Gaetz in Doral, Florida, last week. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) announced Wednesday a six-figure ad buy for a spot that takes aim at CNN as part of an offensive to hit back at mounting sexual misconduct allegations, Politico first reported.

Driving the news: Gaetz is under federal investigation following sex trafficking allegations, and the House Ethics Committee has also opened an inquiry. Announcing the 30-second ad, to run in his Florida Panhandle district, Gaetz called on his Twitter followers to "help us fight back!"