December 5, 2023

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The judge ordered USPS to take “extraordinary measures” to reduce the time lag of mail ballots

The judge ordered USPS to take "extraordinary measures" to reduce the time lag of mail ballots
Order from Federal Judge Emmett Sullivan Two days before Election Day, USPS is required to use the Express Mail Network – which guarantees delivery in one to two days – for all ballots that travel long distances, even after election day.

And ballots that are local need to be processed and sent to local post offices the same day they arrive, or fresh the next morning.

In the days leading up to the presidential election, the delivery performance of the Postal Service became a major controversy – especially on the battlefield, where thousands of voters were mailing ballots instead of visiting polling stations in person due to the coronavirus epidemic – and Democratic state leaders and other voting access groups came forward to oversee the agency’s work.

As part of the order, USPS must send a memo to the processing plant managers and division directors at 9 pm local time on Sunday, exceptional measures “We must see to it that every ballot is delivered by cutoff time in the election. Day.”

In addition to the USPS daily sweeps for election mail, USPS processing plant operators must verify that all local ballots have been sent to the local election or post office by 10 a.m. local time, Monday and Tuesday. Plant managers need to verify that they are using the Express Mail Network for ballots and that they are distributing local ballots quickly.

In New Jersey and the three key states in the election – Minnesota, North Carolina and Pennsylvania – the USPS must “make every reasonable effort to communicate verbally written ballots to target managers and division directors that must process ballots” before election day.

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The USPS should try to communicate this command “orally” to administrators and supervisors in useless districts, including key states in presidential elections such as North Carolina, Texas, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

USPS is required to send a memo to each local post office at 9 a.m. local time, reiterating that they must postmark all ballots they receive. Properly postmarked ballots are important because some states allow postmarked ballots to arrive before election day.

For the third day in a row, the U.S. Postal Service moved fewer ballots on time in critical battlefield states than the previous day, with targeted requirements as the new court filed.

In a document filed Sunday in U.S. District Court, the USPS said that nationally, they moved fewer ballots on Saturday than on Friday, and their processing score dropped from 93% to 91%. Scores have been steadily declining since Wednesday, with USPS reporting that they moved 97% of the ballots on time.

Less than 90% – more critical battlefield states are now experiencing a decline in scores and those already below have not improved significantly and some have fallen even further.

CNN’s Caitlin Polantz, Marshall Cohen and Caroline Kelly contributed to the report.

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