Federal Judge Says USPS Delays Were “Intentional Effort” To Undermine Elections
A federal judge has blocked policy changes implemented by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, calling them “an intentional effort on the part of the current Administration to disrupt and challenge the legitimacy of upcoming local, state, and federal elections.”
- According to Mother Jones, District Court Judge Stanley A. Bastian of Washington state issued a nationwide injunction on Thursday barring DeJoy from making changes that include cutting overtime, removing mail sorting machines, and forcing trucks to leave on time — with or without the mail.
- Bastian wrote: “Although not necessarily apparent on the surface, at the heart of DeJoy’s and the Postal Service’s actions is voter disenfranchisement.”
- The judge cited President Trump’s “highly partisan words and tweets,” the impact of the changes on primary elections, and lawsuits by the RNC and Trump campaign to stop states’ election efforts as evidence of intent.
- Bastian also noted that “72% of the decommissioned high speed mail sorting machines that were decommissioned were located in counties where Hillary Clinton receive the most votes in 2016.”
Amid public outcry, DeJoy agreed to suspend some of his changes until after the election, such as cutting overtime, reducing post office hours, and no longer treating election mail as first-class mail.
Other reversals ordered by the court, such as reinstalling the removed sorting machines, could be difficult to achieve since many of the machines have already been taken apart.