DeJoy Tells Judge That Mail-Sorting Machines Can’t Be Reassembled
A judge issued a nationwide injunction requiring the U.S. Postal Service to reverse operational changes made this summer by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, but DeJoy told the judge this week that dismantled mail sorting machines cannot be reassembled.
Bloomberg News reports:
A nationwide injunction issued last week in Yakima, Washington, should be amended to acknowledge that the machines can’t be put back together, DeJoy and the USPS said in a filing in the case on Wednesday. The machines, dismantled under a DeJoy initiative, were stripped for parts to improve or repair other machines, they said.
“It is therefore not possible to return such machines to service,” the USPS and DeJoy, a major Republican donor, said in the filing.
Other changes ordered reversed by U.S. District Judge Stanley A. Bastian include “restrictions on overtime and changes to the handling of election mail, such as absentee ballots applications.”
Bastian said in his September 17 ruling that it was “easy to conclude” that DeJoy’s operational changes were meant to disrupt the upcoming election.
“The judge noted that 72% of the decommissioned high speed mail-sorting machines were located in counties where Hillary Clinton got the most votes in 2016,” Bloomberg reported.
The news outlet said Bastian has yet to rule on the request to amend the injunction.