Judge orders Postal Service to take extraordinary measures

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to take “extraordinary measures” to deliver ballots in time to be counted in Wisconsin and around Detroit, including using a...

10/31/2020 11:31:00 PM

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to take “extraordinary measures” to deliver ballots in time to be counted in Wisconsin and around Detroit, including using a priority mail service.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to take “extraordinary measures” to deliver ballots in time to be counted in Wisconsin and around Detroit, including using a...

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to take “extraordinary measures” to deliver ballots in time to be counted in Wisconsin and around Detroit, including using a priority mail service.Chief U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, issued the order on Friday after being presented with data showing on-time delivery of ballots sent by voters was too slow in Michigan and Wisconsin. They are both “battleground states” in the November election.

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Delivery of ballots in the USPS’ Detroit district, for example, has dipped as low as 57% over the past week, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office said Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT“Every vote must be counted,” Ferguson said. “Our democracy depends on it.”

National on-time delivery has been at 93% or higher, said the statement from Ferguson, who leads a coalition of 14 states that filed a lawsuit on Aug. 18 over changes to the Postal Service.Bastian, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, said that starting Sunday and continuing through Nov. 10, the USPS must report to his court the prior day’s “all clear” status for each facility and processing center in the Detroit area and a district covering most of Wisconsin.

If the USPS identifies any incoming ballots in its “all clear” sweeps of these facilities, it must make every effort to deliver those ballots by 8 p.m. local time on Election Day, including by using Priority Mail Express or other extraordinary measures, Bastian said.

Priority Mail Express is an overnight service that costs a minimum of $26.35 per envelope, according to the USPS.com website.Asked for comment on the judge’s order, Postal Service spokesman Dave Partenheimer referred to a fact sheet posted Saturday that says as of Friday, Postal Service employees are authorized to use the Express Mail network to speed completed ballots to their intended destinations.

“We take our legal obligations very seriously and (are) complying with all court orders,” Partenheimer said. “The Postal Service continues to implement extraordinary measures across the country to advance and expedite the delivery of the nation’s ballots.”

They include extra pick-ups, extra deliveries, and collecting mail on Sunday, Partenheimer said.Bastian’s order was the latest step in a lawsuit brought by 14 states against the Trump administration and the U.S. Postal Service that challenged the Postal Service’s so-called “leave behind” policy, where trucks have been leaving postal facilities on time regardless of whether there is more mail to load. The states also sought to force the Postal Service to treat election mail as first-class mail.

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ADVERTISEMENTBastian noted after a previous hearing that President Donald Trump had repeatedly attacked voting by mail by making unfounded claims that it is rife with fraud. Many more voters are voting by mail because of the COVID-19 pandemic.U.S. Department of Justice attorney Joseph Borson sought to assure the judge at an earlier hearing that the Postal Service would handle election mail promptly.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major donor to Trump and the GOP, has repeatedly insisted that processing election mail remains the organization’s top priority. DeJoy announced he was suspending some changes — including the removal of iconic blue mailboxes in many cities and the decommissioning of mail processing machines, after his order caused a national uproar.

Washington state’s lawsuit was joined by Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.The federal judge said lawyers for the plaintiffs “shall have reasonable access to USPS facilities to monitor compliance with the court’s orders.”

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blkvotesmatter But will LouisDeJoy obey a federal order or just redouble his efforts to sabotage the USPS? when did the judges in the USA become a power unto them selves rebeccagates This👇 Legal guardians fighting to get it fight this week. rebeccagates People are paying for express shipment of ballots, both to them and back to their counties, because DeJoy's actions worked so well. And they're not happy about it. I do have to wonder if he's getting a cut from any of these shipments.

vegix Do we really expect DeJoy to do this? He hasn’t followed thru on anything so far. EVERYONE who has NOT yet voted, PLEASE vote in person if you can. We need EVERY VOTE to be cast and counted. Lines will be long but stick with it. YOU are our HEROES. Thankfully not all federal judges are on the GOP payroll! & Stand up for democracy! 👏👏👏

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HC_Richardson I would like DeJoy to be charged for Election Interference, shortly down the road. the postal service is just like me, i aint what i used to be, i paid 34 dollars for them to deliver a package from co. to tex. and it took them more that ten days to do it, was there a camel involved here

RubyGonzales2 These poor postal workers get pushed so hard and get treated like crap. I know many postal workers not a good environment. Should have been and should now be free overnight delivery. If ballots get thrown out for being late then our president has succeeded in intentionally subverting democracy by fucking with the mail.

HC_Richardson The AG’s need to keep on top of this. HC_Richardson Good ruling. HC_Richardson Why just these two geographic areas? Might wanta look into PA, too. heartsnark Good man. anon_sopv2 What are the consequences if they dont? Or is this more bullshvt? Epicentre mer Égee Et Guerre Azerbaïdjan-Arménie Turquie appuie Azerbaïdjan Russie discrète supporte Arménie Unified Theory = Bombe 5Mt enfoui 500m de profondeur proche cote Turque A Irradiance E = Ondes de Pression = Ondes Sismiques ?

CheriJacobus How about Miami Dade? CheriJacobus and it will be ignored no doubt. DeJoy will be one of the first arrests for Trump admin crimes. Too late. JonLemire Enter SCOTUS...stand back and STAND BY. Aren’t republicans voting my mail as well? JonLemire Love this judge ! Same guy who's holding the traitor Flynn's feet to the fire !

Good. ASAP JonLemire Do us all a favor and vote in person! I mailed my ballot via USPS PRIORITY MAIL - on October 23rd and it’s STILL NOT DELIVERED!!! It’s amazing that a judge can order a business on how it should operate... The USPS needs to tell the judge to go screw themself... and go about business as usual...

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Another judge steps up! Barnes_Law 😂😂😂. The dems telling their voters for months that voting by mail was totally safe. How f’d up is this country that this has to even be a thing. Post Office sucks .... They can’t be Trusted Lets see how long it takes for some Trump appointed Federal Judge to annul that order.

I order you to work faster. Trump has already been impeached for tampering with this election. His republican supporters are slowing down the mail and destroying ballots to try and steal the election. Vote in person if possible. It wont work. My Priority packages have been taking 3 to 4 weeks to arrive in certain cases lately. They're overworked, incompetent or both.

We know the usps won't comply with any court order. How many is this now. TrumpVirusDeathToll230K If congress was able to pass the stimulus bill to fund the post office this wouldn't have been a problem. But alas, it is now. Good. Because Republicans can only win if they cheat. Shutting out voters by Americans is as Authoritarian as it gets. Trump supporters are “the poorly educated” and proud of it. Science will save us, not hubris.

I have serious doubts. Those idiots can’t even deliver mail to the correct residential addresses in general. Ordered

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