Judge Orders Immediate Injunction Halting USPS Sabotage


In August, Postmaster General Louis Dejoy, a prominent Trump donor confirmed by a panel selected by Donald Trump, told Congress that he would roll back changes to the mailing system in order to prevent any appearance of political sabotage. Thus far, he has not done so.

In Washington, a U.S. judge put a federal injunction against the USPS to halt those changes and demanded that the changes that have already occurred – the removal of drop boxes, the removal of sorting machines, and the “leave behind” policy which requires postal workers to leave any mail they haven’t collected for delivery by a certain time. The judge pulled no punches, calling the changes “a politically motivated attack.”

According to the Associated Press:

‘A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election.

‘Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, said he was issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction sought by 14 states that sued the Trump administration and the U.S. Postal Service.’

The judge noted that he had seen a pattern over time of Trump disparaging the vote-by-mail system as “rife with fraud” and a way for Democrats to cheat him out of the presidency. A federal judge’s responsibility is to protect the Constitution, including the right to vote, something Trump doesn’t seem to understand is supposed to be his job, too.

‘The judge noted after a hearing that Trump had repeatedly attacked voting by mail by making unfounded claims that it is rife with fraud. Many more voters are expected to vote by mail this November because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the states have expressed concern that delays might result in voters not receiving ballots or registration forms in time.

‘“The states have demonstrated the defendants are involved in a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service,” Bastian said.

‘He also said the changes created “a substantial possibility many voters will be disenfranchised.”’

The changes, the state said, were made without going through the proper channels. The postmaster general has some authority, but not enough to implement widespread changes to the structure of the USPS.

‘Led by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, the states said the Postal Service made the changes without first bringing them to the Postal Regulatory Commission for public comment and an advisory opinion, as required by federal law. They also said the changes interfered with their constitutional authority to administer their elections.’