U.S. Postal Service Defies Court Order To Find Missing Ballots
The United States Postal Service has been court-ordered to do a “sweep” for 300k missing mail-in ballots. They’ve refused.
Can the USPS just decline to follow an order from a federal judge? That’s the question sweeping the nation as election day comes to a close. The
Instead, the agency’s attorneys sent back a response over an hour after the deadline, refusing to comply, saying they couldn’t follow the order “without significantly disrupting preexisting activities” and suggesting that the court couldn’t possibly have meant for that to happen.
Attorneys, legal experts, and voters alike expressed shock that an entity could expect to get away with flatly refusing to comply with a Federal order, especially at the expense of voting rights.
BREAKING: USPS is ignoring a federal judge's order to sweep mail processing facilities.
This impacts 15 states and more than 300,000 ballots that could not be traced.
This is what GOP voter suppression looks like.
Let's make this a bigger story.
— Chip Franklin (@chipfranklin) November 3, 2020
“Turned down a federal order”?!
Drag DeJoy in tonight on contempt and hold him until the USPS is in compliance. https://t.co/STqRBl3GeZ
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) November 3, 2020
Well, that’s a new one. None of my clients have the option of “turning down” an order from a federal judge. https://t.co/8OZiUDwPoW
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) November 3, 2020
The U.S. Postal Service has already been viewed as complicit in preventing voters from accessing their constitutional right to cast a ballot, to such an extent that Louis DeJoy, a Republican Party fundraiser turned Postmaster General, was called before a House committee earlier this year to testify about his role in slowing down the mail, removing sorting machines, and otherwise changing the postal service in ways that affect the timely delivery of mail, including election ballots.
He was previously asked about restoring the mail sorting machines that were removed, and said that it couldn’t be done, because they’d already been stripped for parts.