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USPS Ignores Court Order to Sweep Mail Processing Centers for Mail-in Ballots

HeadlineNov 04, 2020

In other election news, the U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday refused to comply with a federal court order to sweep mail processing centers and deliver mail-in ballots that may have been unaccounted for. The order came after USPS announced over 300,000 mail-in ballots nationwide couldn’t be traced for delivery. USPS had until 3:30 p.m. Eastern to conduct the checks and make sure all ballots could be delivered before polls closed. Instead, USPS said it would maintain its own inspection schedule. The order affected facilities in 12 postal districts across 15 states, including battleground states like Arizona and Pennsylvania where mail-in ballots must be delivered by the end of Election Day in order to be counted. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is a Trump megadonor who has come under fire for recent changes at the Postal Service that have caused widespread delays and sparked major concerns over mail-in ballots.

In related news, The New York Times reports mail-in ballots cast by Black and Latinx voters are being rejected at higher rates than white voters, including in the battleground states of Georgia and Florida.

Meanwhile, a network of activists calling itself the “Protect the Results” coalition plans to mobilize in over 500 locations across the U.S. today against President Trump’s false declaration of victory. 

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