News Briefs: #SavethePostOffice; Sheffield early voting

Those joining the standout will call on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to resign in the wake of mail slowdowns, and will call on Congress to “protect and save the post office from Donald Trump” and act to safeguard the integrity of the mail and elections.

Berkshire Brigades, NAACP to host #SavethePostOffice standout

Pittsfield — On Saturday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m., the Berkshire Democratic Brigades and the NAACP – Berkshire County Branch will hold a #SavethePostOffice standout outside the Pittsfield Post Office, 212 Fenn St. The standout is part of a nationwide mobilization taking place at post offices across the country.

Attendees are asked to wear masks and maintain social distancing, and to line the sidewalks on both sides of the street in front of the Pittsfield Post Office while allowing both pedestrian and vehicular traffic to pass safely. Signs are encouraged.

Berkshire Democratic Brigades cofounder Lee Harrison noted: “The Second Continental Congress created the Post Office on July 26, 1775, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general, and today we still need that 245-year-old ‘Service’ to deliver our medicines, to receive and pay our bills, to keep in touch with family – and especially – to deliver our votes during this pandemic. My dad was a proud mailman who believed that the USPS was, as its name says, a ‘Service,’ not a business, and today’s postal workers are no different. They deserve our support.”

The NAACP released a statement that reads, in part: “We are sounding the alarm bell: Our democracy is in crisis. We call on Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to condemn the hijacking of one of our most revered institutions, the U.S. Postal Service. We call upon Congress to pass emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service by a veto-proof majority. We call upon Congress to immediately exercise desperately-needed oversight to ensure that delivery of mail in connection with the November election is unimpeded and untainted by partisanship and an overt attempt to steal this election.”

Those joining the standout will call on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to resign in the wake of mail slowdowns, and will call on Congress to “protect and save the post office from Donald Trump” and act to safeguard the integrity of the mail and elections.

Attendees may RSVP on the national website SaveThePostOffice.net.

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Sheffield announces early voting procedures

Sheffield — Voting by mail is now under way for the Tuesday, Sept. 1, state primary election; requested absentee ballots and vote-by-mail ballots were mailed last week and will continue to be mailed out as requested.

Voters who were registered or requested a ballot prior to July 1 would not have received a vote-by-mail application from the secretary of state, as they were already taken care of; everyone else should have. Those who are newly registered may also request a vote-by-mail application from the town clerk at (413) 229-7000 x151 or fjoyce@sheffieldma.gov and return it via email, mail, fax at (413) 229-7010 or by depositing the application in the red metal ballot drop box in front of Town Hall, 21 Depot Square.

For those who wish to vote early in person, early voting will take place at Town Hall Saturday, Aug. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, Tuesday, Aug. 25, Thursday, Aug. 27, and Friday, Aug. 28. Those wishing to vote in person on Election Day, Tuesday, Sept. 1, may do so at the Senior Center, 25 Cook Road, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Anyone wanting to register to vote, or change party affiliation, name or address may do so in person by appointment at the town clerk’s office or in person at the town clerk’s office Saturday, Aug. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. or online at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/; the deadline to register to vote in the primary election is Saturday, Aug. 22.

Anyone with questions regarding early voting, ballots, registration status, etc. may contact the town clerk at (413) 229-7000 x151 or fjoyce@sheffieldma.gov.