Nov. 5 (UPI) — A federal choose in Washington, D.C. on Thursday ordered the U.S. Postal Service to conduct twice each day sweeps of amenities for mail-in ballots in states the place they will nonetheless legally be delivered and counted.

Decide Emmet Sullivan ordered that “all USPS processing amenities that serve a state with an prolonged poll receipt deadline” carry out sweeps every morning earlier than 10 a.m. and once more within the midafternoon to make sure ballots will be delivered to election officers that day.

“Upon finishing a sweep, every facility shall report back to USPS Headquarters the whole variety of ballots recognized and make sure that these ballots have been expedited for supply to satisfy relevant prolonged state deadlines,” Sullivan stated.

In courtroom paperwork on Thursday, the USPS stated that at the least 150,000 ballots probably reached election officers on Wednesday previous the deadline for them to be counted in as many as 28 states.

Amongst these ballots had been greater than 12,000 in 5 of the states which have but to be referred to as in favor both President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden within the race for president.

Thursday’s order got here after Sullivan stated he was “shocked” on the conduct of the USPS and accused the company of delaying responses to his orders.

On Tuesday, the choose referred to as on the company to do a radical sweep of 12 postal districts in 15 states to make sure that all ballots had been delivered to elections officers as quickly as doable however the USPS stated it will not adjust to the order as that sweep would delay the beforehand scheduled each day assessment course of.

Sullivan stated that Postmaster Basic Louis DeJoy must “in some unspecified time in the future” be deposed or testify earlier than the federal courtroom beneath oath.