Uh, oh. Donald Trump installed a new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy at the beginning of summer, and now the man who is over the United States Postal Service (USPS) is in big trouble. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the District of Columbia is not a judge a person should irritate.
Ever since DeJoy took office, he has used the USPS to circumvent the nation’s votes, suppressing them with slow-walk delivery, tearing down and out rapid mail-sorting machines, and “losing” ballots. This also included prescription drugs and other items made necessary in the coronavirus pandemic. A series of lawsuits has been following DeJoy since then.
Following his Tuesday brief, the judge has issued a new order for DeJoy, according to The POLITCO, he said:
Someone may have a price to pay for that. It’s your clients. Each and every one of them, starting at the top of the food chain. I don’t want you to keep falling on the sword. The postmaster’s going to have to be deposed or appear before me. I’m not going to forget it.’
The USPS did not deliver mail-in ballots across the states up for grab in the presidential and down-ballot election. In total, Donald Trump’s lackey postmaster ‘lost’ at least 300,000 ballots that were not immediately, solidly accounted for.
‘[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.’
Sullivan ordered the USPS to do a state-wide search for “missing ballots:”
‘[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.’
DeJoy blew him off.
Then, on Thursday Judge Sullivan ordered the Postal Service to start doing twice-a-day every-day sweeps of its buildings looking for any mislaid mail-in ballots. President Bill Clinton installed Judge Sullivan who wrote in his brief:
‘[A]ll USPS processing facilities that serve a state with an extended ballot receipt deadline shall, until that deadline passes, perform a morning ballot sweep (no later than 10 a.m., local time) and a mid-to-late afternoon ballot sweep that is timed to ensure that any identified local ballots can be delivered that day.’
‘Upon completing a sweep, each facility shall report to USPS Headquarters the total number of ballots identified and confirm that those ballots have been expedited for delivery to meet applicable extended state deadlines.’
The plaintiff organizations include the NAACP. They won an important victory last month when Judge Sullivan reversed the limitations on mail delivery. In addition, he ordered the USPS to take “extraordinary measures” to make certain that they would be able to deal with the flood of mail-in ballots. The unprecedented coronavirus pandemic caused many people who would normally vote in person, use the mail-in ballot option.
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