Senator Casey and Congresswoman Wild make surprise visit to Lehigh Valley postal facility following reports of backlogged mail

Written by on October 29, 2020

Senator Casey and Congresswoman Wild make surprise visit to Lehigh Valley postal facility following reports of backlogged mail 

By Tyler Pratt and Jeff Frederick, WLVR News

October 29, 2020

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Representative Susan Wild [Left] and Senator Bob Casey [Right]. Photos courtesy from WITF.

U.S. Senator Bob Casey and Congresswoman Susan Wild paid a surprise visit yesterday to the U.S. Postal Service’s Lehigh Valley Processing and Distribution Center.

As WLVR’s Tyler Pratt reports, they said they are concerned by reports of backlogs in the facility as the deadline for the historic mail-in election approaches. 

Casey and Wild showed up at the facility along Commerce Way in Bethlehem Township Wednesday afternoon. But they weren’t let in. 

“It really troubles me that any government is showing this little transparency. This is a public service that is enshrined in the United States Constitution,” said Wild.

The congresswoman and senator say they were alerted to the situation by residents and employees in the facility who claimed mail was piling up. Chad Beer is president of the local postal workers union.

“We have some concern, obviously. We’ve been hearing from the public and people on the work floor about backlogs in mail. We’re in the perfect storm right now. We have the ballots coming in and the ballots going out,” said Beer.

Senator Casey has been critical of postal service operations for months, and he’s called on the U.S. postmaster to return about 30 letter-sorting machines removed from centers across the state. 

The U.S. Postal Service didn’t return a request for comment.  

Casey, along with the governor and state and local elections officials, are telling voters to not mail their ballots and to drop them off in-person to make sure they are counted.

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