Judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail delivery

Postal Service ordered to stop sending 'false' voting mailer

In a statement Thursday, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson lauded Bastian's ruling.

But the cards likewise informed citizens to "request your mail-in ballots at least 15 days before Election Day"- a message that alarmed officials in states where tallies are instantly sent to signed up citizens, like Colorado, Utah, and Washington, and where citizens may be then puzzled about whether they require to make a demand or not.

Bastian described the changes as a "political attack on the Postal Service" that could not only hurt voters but could impede the states' abilities to count popular votes that would determine the electoral college.

U.S. Department of Justice attorney Joseph Borson also contended that USPS is prepared to handle any surge of election mail, which he added represents only a small proportion of total mail volume. Democrats and Republicans are also battling in courts across the USA over deadlines for accepting mail-in ballots, with some arguing the USPS delays justify extending deadlines to several days after Election Day. They also sought to force the Postal Service to treat election mail as first class mail.

"We will be taking action to reinstate Postal Service standards that all Americans depend on, whether it's for delivering their prescription drugs or for carrying their very right to vote", Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at a news conference when the complaint was filed last month.

Ferguson argued in the statement that the changes come as President Donald Trump continues to claim without evidence that widespread vote-by-mail will lead to a fraudulent election.

Besides Washington, states joining the lawsuit include Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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The judge also ordered the USPS to take care of all election mail as initial-class mail, as opposed to its slower-moving categories, and reinstall mail processing tools that has been decommissioned beneath DeJoy's command. 'The states are accusing us of making changes we have not in fact made'.

On Thursday's call, DeJoy stated the reality that election officials didn't check the mailers prior to they were sent out to countless individuals was an error and he guaranteed to do "better in the future", according toToulouse Oliver She stated there were numerous "tense" minutes throughout the questioning duration about the postcards.

"[Mail pileups] likely will slow down delivery of ballots, both to the voters and back to the states" Bastian said.

The judge's order will honor a request from 14 states to temporarily roll back a recent, sweeping and highly controversial series of changes at the USPS that are believed to have caused a drastic slowdown in mail sorting and delivery throughout the country.

Pennsylvania is leading a separate multistate lawsuit over the changes, and NY and Montana have filed their own challenges.

In a declaration filed along with the original motion, information technology consultant Mynor Urizar-Hunter, who helped start a website tracking the USPS changes, noted that 78 percent of the machines slated for removal were in counties won by Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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