The problem may be that the Republicans got too greedy. Losing one of the Senate seats or two or three might be believable. But it stretches incredulity that they would take more than that. Here is the thing, the US Postal Service (USPS) did not deliver mail-in ballots across the states up for grab. In total, Donald Trump’s lackey postmaster ‘lost’ at least 300,000 ballots that were not immediately solidly accounted for. Check this out.
On Tuesday morning, the USPS reported:
‘[300,523 BALLOTS NATIONWIDE HAD RECEIVED] INCOMING SCANS AT POSTAL PROCESSING PLANTS BUT NOT EXIT SCANS, LEAVING VOTING RIGHTS ADVOCATES WORRIED THAT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF VOTES COULD BE TRAPPED IN THE MAIL SYSTEM.’
U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the District of Columbia ordered the USPS to do a state-wide search for “missing ballots,” according to The Bipartisan Report:
‘[He] ordered the United States Postal Service (USPS) to do sweeps in 12 postal districts covering 15 states. These sweeps were to find any ballots not yet delivered to the polls. The USPS blew past the 3:30 pm deadline on Tuesday.’
As the November 3, 2020 deadline approached, the USPS missed quotas for “five days in a row,” according to new court filings, CNN reported:
‘FOR THE FIFTH DAY IN A ROW, THE US POSTAL SERVICE MOVED FEWER BALLOTS ON-TIME IN CRITICAL BATTLEGROUND STATES THAN IT DID IN THE PREVIOUS DAY.’
Supreme Court and legal affairs reporter for @TheHill and former attorney John Kruzel tweeted about the missing USPS ballots:
‘BREAKING: New USPS data appears to show a failure to deliver mail ballots from voters across the country on Election Day. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan will hold a noon hearing over USPS’ non-compliance with his order yesterday to rush deliver all remaining mail ballots’
USPS agency spokesperson David Partenheimer wrote in an emailed statement there was an “all clear” sweep in January looking for misplaced political mail (political flyers) and election mail (ballots, ballot applications, and voter registration information).
NAACP Attorney Allison Zieve said:
‘THIS IS SUPER FRUSTRATING. IF THEY GET ALL THE SWEEPS DONE TODAY IN TIME, IT DOESN’T MATTER IF THEY FLOUTED THE JUDGE’S ORDER. THEY SAY HERE THEY WILL GET THE SWEEPS DONE BETWEEN 4 P.M. AND 8 P.M., BUT 8 P.M. IS TOO LATE, AND IN SOME STATES 5 P.M. IS TOO LATE.’
Sullivan ordered the Postal Service to report daily information on ballot performance score and document in underperforming districts:
‘WHEN I READ ABOUT THE ASTRONAUT VOTING SEAMLESSLY FROM OUTER SPACE, THERE MUST BE A BETTER WAY FOR CONGRESS TO ADDRESS ALL THESE ISSUES. THINK ABOUT IT. EVERY YEAR EVERYONE KNOWS TO FILE TAXES BY APRIL 15TH. IT’S SEAMLESS. IF YOU DON’T FILE, THERE’S PENALTIES. BUT EVERYONE KNOWS — THAT’S A GIVEN.’
‘POSTMARKS MATTER, POSTMARKS DON’T MATTER. … DELIVERY MATTERS, DELIVERY AFTER A DATE DOESN’T MATTER. WHY CAN’T THERE BE ONE SET OF RULES? SOMEONE NEEDS TO BE TINKERING WITH THE SYSTEM TO MAKE SURE IT WORKS SEAMLESSLY AND BETTER FOR THE AMERICAN VOTERS.’
Attorney John Robinson indicated that this review process was already on schedule from 4:00 to 8:00 on election night, according to The Washington Post:
‘GIVEN THE TIME CONSTRAINTS SET BY THIS COURT’S ORDER, AND THE FACT THAT POSTAL INSPECTORS OPERATE ON A NATIONWIDE BASIS, DEFENDANTS WERE UNABLE TO ACCELERATE THE DAILY REVIEW PROCESS TO RUN FROM 12:30 PM TO 3:00 PM WITHOUT SIGNIFICANTLY DISRUPTING PREEXISTING ACTIVITIES ON THE DAY OF THE ELECTION, SOMETHING WHICH DEFENDANTS DID NOT UNDERSTAND THE COURT TO INVITE OR REQUIRE.’
Twitter world went nuts over this abuse of power. Take a look at what our fellow Americans had to say below:
— Justin (@JustinHirsche) November 4, 2020
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