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Politics Democrats raise concerns about U.S. Postal delays ahead of election

01:05  29 october  2020
01:05  29 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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FILE PHOTO: Mail-in Ballots shipped from Orange County Registrar of Voters to U.S. Post Office for delivery © Reuters/MIKE BLAKE FILE PHOTO: Mail-in Ballots shipped from Orange County Registrar of Voters to U.S. Post Office for delivery

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in Congress on Wednesday said reported delays in mail deliveries in some U.S. cites could jeopardize delivery of ballots ahead of next week's presidential election.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington late Tuesday ordered the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to release daily reports on mail deliveries, participate in daily court conferences and take other steps to ensure timely delivery of ballots.

He directed USPS distribute guidance to workers by Thursday of the need to ensure "completed ballots reach the appropriate election official by the state's designated deadline."

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Congressional Democrats have called for an investigation into decisions made by the head of the US Postal Service (USPS), which they say have slowed deliveries ahead of the election . "Given the ongoing concerns about the adverse impacts of Trump Administration policies on the quality and

U . S . Postal Service records show delivery delays have persisted across the country as millions of Americans are Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat , wrote to DeJoy this week. Postal delays also could compound existing issues that have cropped up in recent weeks as election officials manage

House Oversight and Reform Committee chairwoman Carolyn Maloney said Postal "delays are now jeopardizing the delivery of election mail, so I encourage all Americans who have not yet voted to vote in person or use designated election drop boxes."

USPS spokesman Dave Partenheimer said the Postal Service is complying with Judge Sullivan's order. "We take all of our legal obligations very seriously."

USPS does not recommend mailing ballots less than seven days before state deadlines. Some states accept ballots if postmarked by Nov. 3, while others require receipt by Election Day.

Last Friday, USPS told Sullivan it returned 137 mail processing machines to service since August and approved thousands of daily extra or late delivery trips.

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Trump Says Postal Service Should Raise Prices on Amazon. And because ballots in most states must be in the hands of state officials on Election Day, delays could mean uncounted votes. Democrats have already accused Trump of trying to muddy the results by claiming, without U . S . Postal Service spokeswoman Marti Johnson said in a statement that the agency was working closely

Both former board members have raised concerns about Treasury' s involvement in the USPS. Democrats argue additional funding they're seeking in the next round of stimulus negotiations would help stave off service cuts ahead of the election , but they haven't been able to try to get DeJoy on

Lawmakers heavily criticized Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Trump donor who took over in June, for cost-cutting organizational changes adopted in July including eliminating extra deliveries. A USPS inspector general audit report released last week said those changes were a factor in delayed deliveries. DeJoy suspended changes in August.

Four U.S. judges, including Sullivan, have issued injunctions barring USPS from making service reductions.

USPS said it has delivered more than 100 million blank or completed ballots since early September.

Record numbers of voters are casting ballots by mail instead of in person because of the coronavirus pandemic, but President Donald Trump has repeatedly said, without providing evidence, that mail voting would lead to widespread fraud.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by David Gregorio)

Judge orders Postal Service to take extraordinary measures .
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to take “extraordinary measures” to deliver ballots in time to be counted in Wisconsin and around Detroit, including using a priority mail service. Chief U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, issued the order on Friday after being presented with data showing on-time delivery of ballots sent by voters was too slow in Michigan and Wisconsin. They are both “battleground states” in the November election. Delivery of ballots in the USPS' Detroit district, for example, has dipped as low as 57% over the past week, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson's office said Saturday.

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