A federal court ordered the U.S. Postal service to delay organizational changes until after the election to avoid affecting the arrival of posted ballots.
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington has blocked an internal restructuring at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) because it might affect the speed of postal voting for the upcoming election on Nov. 3.
Chief Judge Stanley Bastian made the call after hearing concerns from 14 states that support the measure to help contain the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus because restructuring the USPS constituted a “politically motivated attack.”
The states had followed Washington in filing a motion for a preliminary injunction that demanded the court immediately stops the so-called leave mail behind policy that allegedly requires postal trucks to leave at specific times regardless of whether they are carrying any mail. They demanded that all election mail be handled as first-class and sorting machines that were removed to be replaced.
USPS Election Mail Committee Chairman Lee Moak, who received more than 40,000 emails from concerned customers, revealed the court order was unnecessary as there is no actual threat of delayed postal voting.
Retail hours, mail processing equipment, and blue collection boxes will not change at post offices. There will be no mail processing facility closures, and overtime will be approved to cope with the extra mail volume.
“Effective October 1, USPS will engage standby resources in all areas of operations, including transportation to satisfy any unforeseen demand,” Moak said in a statement. “The USPS Leadership Task Force will [also] be expanded to ensure that election officials and voters are well informed and fully supported by USPS during the upcoming election season.”
The chairman completely rejected the court’s “politically motivated” description of the restructure as “completely and utterly without merit.”
“The USPS mandate is massive and the stakes of our election are high, we know you are concerned,” he said. “I hear you, my colleagues on the board of governors hear you, we are working hard to ensure accountability to address and alleviate your concerns and to ensure the USPS operates at its highest possible potential between now and the November election and beyond.”
The remarks came a month after U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy voluntarily postponed the restructure until after the election.
“There are some long-standing operational initiatives—efforts that predate my arrival at the postal service—that have been raised as areas of concern as the nation prepares to hold an election in the midst of a devastating pandemic,” he said in a statement on Aug. 18. “To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded.”