Nov. 3 (UPI) — The U.S. Postal Service late Tuesday afternoon turned down a decide’s order to shortly sweep mail processing services in 15 states to make sure no ballots are delayed.
They embrace central Pennsylvania; Philadelphia; Detroit; Colorado/Wyoming; Atlanta; Houston; Alabama; Northern New England; Larger South Carolina; South Florida; Lakeland, Mich.; and Arizona.
The order got here after USPS disclosed that 300,523 ballots nationwide had obtained incoming scans, however no exit scans, at postal processing vegetation.
However in a submitting despatched to the court docket simply earlier than 5 p.m., Justice Division attorneys representing the Postal Service mentioned the company wouldn’t adjust to the order in order that it may higher accommodate inspectors’ schedules.
Legal professional John Robinson, writing for the Justice Division, argued that the each day evaluation course of already had been scheduled to happen from four to eight p.m. Tuesday.
“Given the time constraints set by this Court docket’s order, and the truth that Postal Inspectors function on a nationwide foundation, Defendants have been unable to speed up the each day evaluation course of to run from 12:30 pm to three:00 pm with out considerably disrupting preexisting actions on the day of the Election, one thing which Defendants didn’t perceive the Court docket to ask or require,” Robinson wrote.
The districts, which have been sluggish to course of ballots, embrace key battleground states, and plenty of require mail-in ballots to be obtained by the point polls shut. Pennsylvania will settle for mail-in ballots till Friday, however that deadline may face authorized challenges. Texas will settle for ballots obtained by 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Sullivan beforehand ordered the USPS to implement emergency election measures after issues have been raised about sluggish poll processing in some states. Delays in mail supply main as much as the election have been a priority since Postmaster Common Louis DeJoy imposed adjustments, a lot of which have been reversed.
The USPS has attributed delays to such points as staffing shortages and poor climate.
The Postal Service has reported declining charges of on-time supply of accomplished ballots to election workplaces.
On Monday, 89.6% of accomplished ballots have been delivered on time, with decrease charges in some areas, together with 61% in Atlanta, 69.1% in Central Pennsylvania, 77.7% in Detroit and 79.9% in Michigan’s Lakeland district.