Federal Judge Orders Postal Service to Sweep Facilities for Mail Ballots and Rush Delivery

Trace William Cowen
·2 min read

A federal judge has ordered the United States Postal Service to conduct sweeps of facilities for any remaining mail ballots and to rush their delivery.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said Tuesday that the USPS must conduct the sweeps in multiple regions where the processing for mail-in ballots has been slow. Affected areas include Alabama, Atlanta, South Florida, Greater South Carolina, and elsewhere. Sullivan, per the Hill, has given the USPS until 3 p.m. to "ensure that no ballots have been held up" in these areas.

The order means USPS inspectors or designees must conduct the facility sweeps between 12:30 p.m. ET and 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday. And no later than 4:30 p.m. ET, a status update must be filed showing compliance with the order.

Last Friday, the USPS shared a public statement detailing the "extraordinary measures" being implemented to ensure the delivery of ballots. Those efforts included establishing "ballot postmark only" lines at retail counters through Election Day, utilizing extra deliveries and collections to meet state deadlines, arranging after-hours handoffs with Boards of Elections, and more.

"These extraordinary measures are in addition to processes and procedures USPS has deployed since September to deliver the nation’s ballots for the November election in a secure and timely manner," a rep said.

Also last week, Judge Sullivan signed an order requiring USPS managers to continue putting such measures in place as part of a larger effort to speed up the delivery process.

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