A federal decide dominated Tuesday that the US Postal Service should rescind guidelines put in place by Postmaster Basic Louis DeJoy over the summer season and perform further journeys to make sure the supply of election mail.
Choose Emmet Sullivan mentioned in his order that the USPS should notify workers that tips from July 14 not apply and that “personnel are instructed to carry out late and additional journeys to the utmost extent mandatory” on the identical or a larger fee than earlier than these tips had been issued, with a view to improve well timed mail supply, particularly election mail.
“Defendants shall difficulty a one-page discover to, or ship a Stand-Up Speak to, all USPS personnel who could have job tasks associated in any solution to late and additional journeys,” Sullivan added, “stating that: ‘Late and additional journeys can be authorized to the utmost extent mandatory to extend on-time mail deliveries, notably for Election Mail. Any prior communication that’s inconsistent with this needs to be disregarded. To be clear, late and additional journeys can be authorized to the identical or larger diploma than they had been carried out previous to July 2020 when doing so would improve on-time mail deliveries.’”
Sullivan additionally ordered USPS to distribute data to workers relating to every state’s deadlines for accepting ballots in order that they will guarantee well timed supply.
With a view to be certain that the Postal Service carries out its duties, Sullivan is requiring it to supply the courtroom with each day updates that embody the variety of further and late journeys that had been taken yesterday, any accessible information particular to election mail, in addition to percentages of on-time deliveries.
Along with the each day studies, Sullivan ordered USPS to take part in each day standing conferences.
A press release from USPS following the order mentioned that its primary precedence between now and the November election is the safe, well timed supply of the nation’s Election Mail,” and that it’s “deploying extraordinary measures” that embody “expedited dealing with, further deliveries and particular pickups” because it has achieved for previous elections.
“These measures are on high of further sources the Postal Service has allotted all through October, together with, however not restricted to, expanded processing procedures, further transportation, further supply and assortment journeys and extra time, to make sure that Election Mail reaches its meant vacation spot in a well timed method,” the assertion mentioned.