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Data obtained by the Associated Press shows U.S. Postal Service districts are missing the agency's own standards for on-time delivery as millions of Americans prepare to vote by mail. 

In a call that included a number of "tense moments," Postmaster General Louis DeJoy sought to reassure a group of the nation's top election officials Thursday that election mail will be his agency's highest priority this fall, according to one state election official on the call.

For more than a decade, Ohio voters have had several options for casting ballots.

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Democratic Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein says his office has filed a brief supporting a lawsuit against the United States Postal Service. 

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Ohio voters who want to mail in their ballots might be concerned when they hear about recent changes made by the U.S. Postal Service or when they read President Trump’s Twitter feed.

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House Democrats say they are investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over allegations reported by The Washington Post that he asked employees to donate to certain political candidates and then reimbursed them through bonuses.

In the face of contradictory messages coming from members of his own party, members of the U.S. intelligence community and even a member of his own family, President Trump continues his months-long campaign against efforts to expand voting by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"The fraud and abuse will be an embarrassment to our Country," Trump tweeted Wednesday.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy promised some of the nation's top election officials on Thursday that mailed ballots would be the U.S. Postal Service's top priority this autumn.

DeJoy and the Postal Service have been engulfed in a political firestorm following operational changes he ordered — and now has paused — which slowed the throughput of mail and raised some fears that they might constrain voting by mail.

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has announced he will suspend the controversial changes he instituted to the U.S. Postal Service until after the November election.

"To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded," DeJoy said in a statement.

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Republican Ohio Attorney General David Yost has joined the chorus of people calling on President Trump to end his attempts to starve the U.S. Postal Service of money ahead of the November election. 

The U.S. House is being called back to Washington to deal with issues involving the United States Postal Service.

Spurred by concerns about delayed delivery of mail-in ballots, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling lawmakers back early from their August recess. She's calling for a vote on legislation that would block the U.S. Postal Service from making operational changes.

The speaker is planning a vote for later this week on the Delivering for America Act, introduced by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, which "prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020."

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The U.S. Postal Service has sent a letter to dozens of state election officials around the country, including Ohio, warning that delays in delivery could result in voters not being able to cast their absentee ballots in time. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

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President Trump on Thursday attempted to soften remarks he had made hours earlier in which he appeared to confirm that he opposes Democrats' proposed boost in funding for the U.S. Postal Service because he wants to make it harder to expand voting by mail, claiming his only goal in denying the agency funds is to ensure the integrity of the Nov. 3 election.

Discussions for the next round of coronavirus relief funding remain ensnared in a political back and forth over election money, with the topic of mail-in voting a lingering point of contention between Democrats and the Trump administration.

President Trump on Wednesday spent much of his daily briefing to reporters railing against additional funding to support the U.S. Postal Service and mail-in voting, making the baseless accusation that voting by mail is ripe for fraud.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's plans to shake up the agency are gathering opposition from some of its workers.

The U.S. Postal Service has had financial problems for years. It lost $9 billion last year. It's not supported by tax dollars; it's funded by postage and services.

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A senior U.S. Postal Service official says the agency is prepared to handle an unprecedented influx of absentee ballots this November, and any reports of the agency being overwhelmed or incapable are false. 

On his first day on the job last month, new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy addressed the nearly half-million U.S. Postal Service career employees in a video message.

He talked of a "trajectory for success" and said that "we will focus on creating a viable operating model that ensures the Postal Service continues fulfilling its public service mission."

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A former U.S. Postal Service worker in Columbus will serve three years in prison for receiving shipments of marijuana and methamphetamines at his rented post office box. 

Ohio elections officials say 318 voters in Butler County won’t have their ballots counted for the April 28 primary because of a U.S. Postal Service delivery delay. 

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Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose says he's been fielding reports from around Ohio that the postal system is taking longer than usual to deliver the mail, including absentee ballots.

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The man charged with killing two U.S. Postal Service workers in Dublin  has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. 

Plans are in the works to sell the closed General Motors plant in Lordstown to a company that intends to build electric trucks there.

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A disgruntled U.S. Postal Service worker accused of fatally shooting his supervisor at the Dublin post office and killing a postmaster last December has been indicted on federal charges. 

Amazon has been one of President Trump's favorite targets on Twitter.

He has accused the company of not collecting taxes (which it does), charged it with putting retailers out of business — and focused his attacks on the tech company's relationship with the Postal Service.

So the president might be surprised to learn that one of Amazon's biggest customers is, in fact, the federal government. Amazon's relationship with the government goes well beyond delivering packages — to playing a vital role in protecting America's national security secrets.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

The attorney for the former postal carrier charged with killing of his supervisor and the Dublin postmaster in December is asking for a mental competency evaluation to determine if her client is competent to stand trial. 

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

The former postal worker accused of fatally shooting his supervisor and a postmaster outside her apartment will be tried in federal court. 

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A judge has ordered the former Columbus letter carrier accused of killing a supervisor and an inspector in December held without bond. 

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A disgruntled mail carrier accused in the slayings of his supervisor at the Dublin post office and a postal inspector outside her apartment complex has been charged with aggravated murder. 

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The Ohio Highway Patrol says a U.S. Postal Service employee was killed Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash in Athens County.

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