A federal judge ordered the US Postal Service on Tuesday to reverse limitations to mail collection ordered by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, Politico reports.
DC District Judge Emmett Sullivan gave the USPS until Wednesday morning to inform workers of the court-ordered reversal amid a record number of mail ballots.
Sullivan’s order came after he granted an emergency motion by plaintiffs who sued the Trump administration over DeJoy’s changes.
Sullivan said that agency workers must be told that DeJoy’s July guidance limiting late and extra trips was rescinded.
"USPS personnel are instructed to perform late and extra trips to the maximum extent necessary to increase on-time mail deliveries, particularly for Election Mail," Sullivan wrote. "To be clear, late and extra trips should be performed to the same or greater degree than they were performed prior to July 2020 when doing so would increase on-time mail deliveries.
Groups said USPS didn’t comply with court order:
The order came after groups that sued the administration alleged that the agency had not complied with court orders requiring the agency to reverse changes.
"Given Defendants' foot-dragging and failure to clearly reverse the July 2020 Policy Changes, they cannot reasonably complain about the inconvenience of having to demonstrate their compliance," lawyers for the NAACP told the judge last week. "There are less than two weeks until Election Day. Every day until then, hundreds of thousands of voters will be seeking to obtain and return their election ballots. There is an urgent need for prompt action."
States say mail delivery too slow:
USPS data shows that delivery times improved in late summer before declining again in recent weeks.
In some areas, delivery is slower than it was when the lawsuits were first filed.
“Don’t wait until election day,” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf warned. “Hand-delivering your own ballot will give you the peace of mind that your vote will be counted, and your voice will be heard in this historic election.”