Judge Cracks Down on Postal Service’s Changes to Election Mail

A D.C. District Court Judge has put a court order in place blocking the US Postal Service from implementing changes that would intentionally slow down election mail, according to CNN. The ruling marks the third case in less than two weeks that such a decision has been made by judges.

The Postal Service is under a microscope in anticipation of handling so many mail-in ballots for the upcoming election due to the pandemic.

“Plaintiffs have also demonstrated that the combination of the reduction of late trips, extra trips and reduced sorting capacity puts the timely delivery of election mail at risk,” Judge Emmet Sullivan of the D.C. District Court wrote on Sunday.

The case was brought by a coalition of city and state governments including New York, Hawaii, New Jersey and New York City and San Francisco, respectively, according to The Washington Post. Sullivan ruled he wasn’t trying to micromanage the Postal Service, rather he was intent on ruling in the interest of the public, especially because of people’s fears regarding voting in light of the coronavirus.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said last Thursday that, in many cases, the judges’ decisions were related to changes he had already planned to put in place. A federal judge ruled one week ago the Postal Service has to make election mail a priority as well as reverse some policy changes DeJoy has made. That judge said the Postal Service’s “managerial failures” undermined faith in voting by mail.