Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Democrats increase considerations about U.S. Postal delays forward of election

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By David ShepardsonWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in Congress on Wednesday stated reported delays in mail deliveries in some U.S. cites might jeopardize supply of ballots forward of subsequent week’s presidential election.U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington late Tuesday ordered the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to launch each day studies on mail deliveries, take part in each day court docket conferences and take different steps to make sure well timed supply of ballots.He directed USPS distribute steerage to staff by Thursday of the necessity to guarantee “completed ballots reach the appropriate election official by the state’s designated deadline.”House Oversight and Reform Committee chairwoman Carolyn Maloney stated Postal “delays are now jeopardizing the delivery of election mail, so I encourage all Americans who have not yet voted to vote in person or use designated election drop boxes.”USPS spokesman Dave Partenheimer stated the Postal Service is complying with Judge Sullivan’s order. “We take all of our legal obligations very seriously.”USPS doesn’t suggest mailing ballots lower than seven days earlier than state deadlines. Some states settle for ballots if postmarked by Nov. 3, whereas others require receipt by Election Day.Last Friday, USPS informed Sullivan it returned 137 mail processing machines to service since August and authorized hundreds of each day additional or late supply journeys.Lawmakers closely criticized Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Trump donor who took over in June, for cost-cutting organizational modifications adopted in July together with eliminating additional deliveries. A USPS inspector common audit report launched final week stated these modifications had been a think about delayed deliveries. DeJoy suspended modifications in August.Four U.S. judges, together with Sullivan, have issued injunctions barring USPS from making service reductions.USPS stated it has delivered greater than 100 million clean or accomplished ballots since early September.Record numbers of voters are casting ballots by mail as a substitute of in individual due to the coronavirus pandemic, however President Donald Trump has repeatedly stated, with out offering proof, that mail voting would result in widespread fraud.(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by David Gregorio)

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