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How A Little-Known International Postal Issue Got On Our Voting Rights Radar

MODESTO, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Mailed in ballots sit in US Postal Service bins inside the office of the Stanislaus County Clerk on November 6, 2018 in Modesto, California. Stanislaus County is in California's 10th Congressional District which is host to a close race for US Congress between Democrat Josh Harder and Republican Jeff Denham. (Photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images)
MODESTO, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Mailed in ballots sit in US Postal Service bins inside the office of the Stanislaus County Clerk on November 6, 2018 in Modesto, California. Stanislaus County is in California's 10th Congre... MODESTO, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Mailed in ballots sit in US Postal Service bins inside the office of the Stanislaus County Clerk on November 6, 2018 in Modesto, California. Stanislaus County is in California's 10th Congressional District which is host to a close race for US Congress between Democrat Josh Harder and Republican Jeff Denham. (Photo by Alex Edelman/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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June 21, 2019 3:00 p.m.

I’ll admit that before I started reporting out today’s story on why a move in Trump’s trade war with China was prompting concern about overseas Americans’ voting rights, I had never even heard of the Universal Postal Union, let alone President Trump’s plan to withdraw from it in October if it doesn’t accede to his demands.

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