USPS; League of Women Voters; National Thrift Shop Day; Elvis Tribute

Aug 17, 2020

 


 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Sunday that she would call the House back from its annual summer recess for a vote this week on legislation to block changes at the Postal Service.

These are recent changes that voting advocates warn could disenfranchise Americans casting ballots by mail during the pandemic.

The moves underscored rising concern across the country over the integrity of the November election and how the Postal Service will handle as many as 80 million ballots cast by Americans worried about venturing to polling stations because of the coronavirus. 

 

President Donald Trump has repeatedly derided mail voting as vulnerable to fraud, without evidence, and the issue has become a prominent sticking point in negotiations over the next round of coronavirus relief.

For more on the issue, we spoke with with Al Friedman, president of the Florida State Association of Letter Carriers; and Michael Binder, Faculty Director, Public Opinion Research Lab & Associate Professor, Political Science, University of North Florida.

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage 

 

League of Womens Voters

The state’s primary election is set for Tuesday. As we’ve been discussing, there’s been a lot of confusion over voting by mail in this pandemic. The state’s  League of Women Voters is speaking out about this. Patricia Brigham joined us with more.

National Thrift Store Day

Monday is National Thrift Store Day. David Rey, the CEO of Goodwill of Northeast Florida, joined us with an update on how the pandemic has impacted the organization - and why you might want to consider shopping at Goodwill for your back to school needs.

Elvis Tribute

If you’re an Elvis fan, you’ll want to check out a special tribute to the King on Tuesday on WJCT 89.9 HD3 Anthology, which is part of the Jacksonville Music Experience. WJCT’s Music Director and Station Manager David Luckin joined us with a preview of Turntable Tuesday, which will air at 9 p.m.

 

The Anthology channel is available on HD Radios, and the WJCT app, in addition to being streamed here on WJCT.org.

 

Heather Schatz can be reached at hschatz@wjct.org or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.