A federal judge in Washington, DC on Sunday ordered the Trump Administration to halt all further cuts to the United States Postal Service aimed at sabotaging mail-in voting, marking it the third such ruling within the last two weeks.
US DC District Judge Emmet Sullivan sided with New York and a group of other states who sued the administration last month over its efforts to cripple the USPS’s capacity to process mail-in ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Plaintiffs have also demonstrated that the combination of the reduction of late trips, extra trips and reduced sorting capacity puts the timely delivery of election mail at risk,” Sullivan wrote in his ruling. “It is clearly in the public interest to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, to ensure safe alternatives to in-person voting, and to require that the USPS comply with the law.”
Sullivan added that the controversial changes implemented by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy at the behest of President Donald Trump are having profound impacts on the agency’s ability to serve the public:
While it is clear that Congress did not intend for the courts to micromanage the operations of the USPS, requiring the USPS to comply with the statutory requirement that it obtain an advisory opinion from the PRC and provide for notice and comment prior to implementing ‘a change in the nature of postal services which will generally affect service on a nationwide or substantially nationwide basis’ is not micro-managing; it is requiring the USPS to act within its statutory authority.
On Monday, New York Attorney General Letitia James praised Sullivan’s ruling, saying in a statement that “voting is a fundamental right in our democracy, and we will vigorously and relentlessly protect that right.”
Trump’s “true intentions behind the postal service changes have been clear as day from the very beginning – to undermine the election in November,” James said. “We will not stop doing everything in our power to uphold the rule of law and to protect our democracy, ensuring that all eligible voters who wish to cast a ballot in November can do so.”
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