Today is Election Day and a federal judge wants to make sure the election is fair. It is being reported that a federal judge ordered the U.S. Postal Service to make a sweep at its facilities and look for unsent ballots and deliver them immediately.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered USPS personnel to sweep 27 facilities identified by its inspector general between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Election Day to check for any ballots that hadn’t been delivered, and ensure they arrived at their destination before polls closed.
The Postal Service was then given until 4:30 p.m. to provide an update on those sweeps to the court.
While Sullivan did claim to be “extremely sensitive” to the USPS’s concerns about imposing unreasonable burdens on postal employees, he did say that the inspectors themselves did not need to update the court about their sweeps.
Donald Trump’s postmaster general Louis DeJoy raised concerns about the delivery of mail-in ballots when he ordered changes blamed for widespread and persistent changes ahead of the election.
Sullivan has presided over several lawsuits aimed at USPS election mail delays, and has forced it to disclose data on delayed election mail (see doc for latest)
— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) November 3, 2020
Alrighty and here's Judge Sullivan's order to sweep USPS facilities from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. to ensure "no ballots have been held up" and any still on site are sent to election officials immediately. pic.twitter.com/7gHUsWSIo6
— Megan Mineiro (@MMineiro_CNS) November 3, 2020