Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., has launched a new petition on her website calling for the U.S. Postal Service to improve mail service at rural post offices in North Dakota.
According to a press release, representatives of the Postal Service told her in March that it would maintain hours of operation at 30 post offices around North Dakota. However, Heitkamp has been told that hours of operation at those post offices have been reduced, as well as at nearly 300 additional locations throughout the state.
Heitkamp said she has received numerous complaints from her constituents about the mail service.
"How can we trust anything the Postal Service says when it promises one thing and then does another? North Dakotans across our state have faced serious problems with mail delivery and service," said Heitkamp in the press release. "Through my Fix My Mail initiative, I've heard incredible stories of how folks haven't received their prescriptions on time, and got mail that was damaged or even thrown in a ditch on the side of a road. And now the Postal Service is reducing service when North Dakota's population is only growing as we are one of the fastest-growing states in the nation and need better services. To push back on the Postal Service, I'm launching a petition as part of my Fix My Mail effort and I encourage North Dakotans to visit my website and sign it. Working together, we can pressure the Postal Service to reverse its reckless actions."
During her meeting with the Postmaster General last spring, Heitkamp said she received several commitments to improve mail delivery and standards in North Dakota in addition to keeping more hours of operation, including deploying Mobile Point of Sale devices and installing Self-Service Kiosks.