The U.S. Postal Service is essential to the functioning of our democracy and economy that Americans depend on. Voters depend on the USPS to receive — and in many cases send — their voter registration form, mail-in ballot application form or mail-in ballot.

Seniors depend on the USPS for their Social Security benefits and prescription medicines. Families living in rural America who don’t have broadband access depend on the USPS to communicate with their neighbors, family, friends and business partners.

Workers depend on the USPS for their paychecks. Veterans depend on the USPS for their VA benefits and prescription medicines. Active members of the military stationed overseas depend on the USPS to send and receive letters and care packages from their family and friends.

Small business owners depend on the USPS to ship their products to customers. People taking the Census rely on the USPS to mail in their census forms so they can be counted. People who pay their bills by mail rely on the USPS so their water and electricity are not shut off.

Congress must act now to protect the U.S. Postal Service and Americans’ ability to send and receive mail. That means passing a COVID-19 relief package that provides $25 billion to strengthen the U.S. Postal Service, along with investigating the suspicious and sudden shifts in routing postal operations by new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

Gene Ulmer

Salt Lake City