Summers County activists rally to support USPS

HINTON, WV (WOAY) – Activists in Summers County are drawing up support for the post office.

Over the weekend they held a rally with more than a dozen activists present. They say they’re concerned about the post office’s recent funding issues. With the election coming up it’s expected that millions of people will be voting by mail.

One activist, Shalom Tazewell, says that the post office is also depended on for many other things, and losing it could be catastrophic. 

“Particularly in rural areas like Summers County, many people depend upon the post office for getting their Social Security checks, and their medications, getting food packages in the mail and even just communicating with people that they haven’t been able to see in a while because of COVID,” Tazewell said.

In the 2016 election, nearly 6% of all voters voted by mail, and that’s expected to be much higher this year due to the pandemic.