New data from the U.S. Postal Service appears to show a massive failure to deliver mail ballots from voters across the country on Election Day and will be a topic of discussion at a hearing at noon today in federal District Court in Washington, D.C.
At the hearing U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan will be asking lawyers for USPS to explain why Postmaster General Louis DeJoy felt he had the option of disregarding the court’s order from yesterday that directed the postal service to do a sweep of facilities in 12 postal districts in 15 states, by 3:30 p.m. The agency disclosed Tuesday morning that 300,523 ballots nationwide had received incoming scans at postal processing plants but not exit scans. Voting rights advocates are worried that hundreds of thousands of legitimate votes could be trapped in the mail system, uncounted.
USPS statistics show that about 27 percent of Florida’s mail-in ballots were never delivered. The story appears to be the same in Atlanta, which is critical to determining the overall vote in Georgia. Overall, in 17 postal districts in swing states that account for 151 electoral votes, more than 81,000 ballots were untraceable.
DeJoy, a Republican Party mega fundraiser who was named to lead the postal service by Donald Trump in June, has been suspected of deliberately hobbling USPS’s ability to deliver mail in a timely fashion as a way of suppressing absentee voting. Since he took over he has directed the removal of scores of sorting machines and dictated personnel policy changes that prevented letter carriers from working overtime.