Tag Archives: USPS

Deal Reached To Fast-Track Georgia Mail-In Ballots

The Washington Post reports: Civil rights groups and the U.S. Postal Service struck a deal late Wednesday on speedier ballot-handling procedures, avoiding a court fight before the Jan. 5 runoff elections in Georgia that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. The Postal Service and its Justice Department lawyers agreed to treat ballots still in processing plants within three days …

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Millions Of Xmas Packages Weren’t Delivered In Time

Tribune News Service reports: USPS is facing a historic volume of mail, which is swamping the postal service and other carriers as the pandemic drives people to shop online. According to the Washington Post, almost 19,000 of the agency’s 644,000 workers are under quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus. Some are criticizing Postmaster Louis DeJoy, who cut costs and did …

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Retailers Warn Of Holiday Shipping Crunch: Buy Now

The Associated Press reports: A number of retailers, including J.C. Penney, Lowe’s and Kohl’s, are telling shoppers they need to place their online orders soon or else pay expedited shipping fees if they want to get their packages delivered in time for the holidays. The earlier-than-usual deadlines come as more people turn to online shopping during the pandemic, creating a …

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Federal Judge Blasts USPS For Defying Ballots Order

Politico reports: A federal judge thrashed the U.S. Postal Service Wednesday, and suggested he might seek testimony from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for declining to comply with a last-minute court order to deploy postal inspectors to sweep facilities for undelivered ballots. “Someone may have a price to pay for that,” said Judge Emmet Sulliivan of the U.S. District Court of …

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USPS Defies Order To Sweep For Undelivered Ballots

The Washington Post reports: The U.S. Postal Service turned down a federal judge’s order late Tuesday afternoon to sweep mail processing facilities serving 15 states, saying instead it would stick to its own inspection schedule. The judge’s order came after the agency disclosed that more than 300,000 ballots nationwide could not be traced. The agency cautioned that number was likely …

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Court Orders USPS To Sweep For Undelivered Ballots

Reuters reports: A judge ordered the U.S. Postal Service to sweep some mail processing facilities on Tuesday afternoon for delayed ballots and immediately dispatch them for delivery in election battlegrounds such Pennsylvania and Florida among other places. Affected by the order are central Pennsylvania, northern New England, greater South Carolina, south Florida, Colorado, Arizona, Alabama and Wyoming as well as …

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NYT: Last Week Was Slowest Recorded For Mail Delivery

The New York Times reports: The U.S. Postal Service experienced some of its worst delays all year in the final week before the election, according to a Times project tracking first-class. An avalanche of late-arriving political pamphlets and advertisements appears to have added to backlogs for the Postal Service, after months of slowdowns. The week beginning Oct. 26 was the …

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Pennsylvania Mail Delivery 3X Slower Than January

Penn Live reports: Timely mail delivery across Pennsylvania took a drastic turn for the worse in just the last two weeks amid a glut of voting by mail, according to U.S. Postal Service data filed Wednesday in federal court. In Philadelphia, 42% of all first-class mail is taking longer than five days to be delivered. For comparison, that figure was …

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Court Orders USPS To Reverse Mail Collection Limits

Politico reports: A federal judge on Tuesday night ordered the U.S. Postal Service to reverse limitations on mail collection imposed by Trump-backed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, giving the agency until Wednesday morning to inform workers of the court’s changes as more mail-in ballots continue to flood in. In a highly detailed order, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the District Court for …

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USPS Says You Have No Right To Timely Ballot Delivery

Bloomberg News reports: Delivery delays during an election can’t be unlawful, because the Constitution doesn’t guarantee states any particular level of service when it comes to mail-in ballots, the U.S. Postal Service told a federal judge. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and President Donald Trump are seeking dismissal of a lawsuit brought by New York and other states that claim disruptive …

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QAnon Mailman Accused Of Tossing Bags Of Mail

Pittsburgh City Paper reports: Yesterday, the Baldwin home of Sean Troesch was raided by special agents from the United States Postal Service, who confiscated eight large garbage bags of suspected undelivered mail, according to KDKA. KDKA also reported that the post office said this latest haul didn’t contain any discarded mail-in ballots, but neighbors told the station trash bags “have …

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Postmaster Donated $685K To 2020 GOP Convention

The Hill reports: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy donated over $685,000 to the committee that ran the Republican National Convention, according to new files with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The new FEC filings show DeJoy, who was previously a prominent North Carolina businessman and Republican donor before taking the helm of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), gave a total of …

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Seinfeld’s Newman Blasts Trump On USPS Interference

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Hello, Newman. Seinfeld fans’ favorite mailman is back — and he is going postal on Donald Trump. Actor Wayne Knight reprised his iconic sitcom role to blast the president for disparaging the U.S. Postal Service and attempting to delegitimize mail-in ballots for the upcoming 2020 presidential election. “The guy’s never even licked a stamp,” Knight’s Newman …

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Internal Docs Show Top Execs Behind Mail Slowdown

The Washington Post reports: A senior executive at the U.S. Postal Service delivered a PowerPoint presentation in July that pressed officials across the organization to make the operational changes that led to mail backups across the country, seemingly contradicting months of official statements about the origin of the plans, according to internal documents. The presentation stands in contrast with agency …

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Court Orders USPS To Treat Election Mail As A Priority

The Associated Press reports: The U.S. Postal Service must live up to its responsibilities to timely process election mail by treating it as a priority, a New York judge ordered on Monday, adding that the agency’s workers should be permitted to make extra deliveries and work overtime near the November presidential election. The written decision by U.S. District Judge Victor …

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WH Nixed Plan To Mail Five Masks To Every Household

The Washington Post reports: At one point in April, USPS leaders drafted a news release announcing plans to distribute 650 million masks nationwide, enough to offer five face coverings to every American household. The document, which includes quotations from top USPS officials and other specifics, was never sent. Before the news release was sent, however, the White House nixed the …

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USPS Stiffed On $25M Cost Of Trump’s COVID Mailer

Because nothing matters anymore: As the coronavirus began spreading across the country in March, a white-and-blue postcard from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived in every mailbox in the United States. It communicated basic public health do’s and don’ts — wash your hands, avoid crowds, stay home if you feel sick—which were billed as “President Trump’s Coronavirus Guidelines …

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No-Bid DeJoy Contract Cost US Additional $53 Million

NBC News reports: A two-decade-old audit of mail equipment transport contracts by the U.S. Postal Service’s inspector general found that a company previously run by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was awarded multiple noncompetitive contracts by the Postal Service that may have cost consumers as much as $53 million more than if they’d been competitively bid. The 2001 audit found that …

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Court Blocks False USPS Voter Mailer In Colorado

The Wall Street Journal reports: Colorado won a temporary restraining order blocking the U.S. Postal Service from sending the state’s households a postcard about voting by mail, after its top election official said the information on the mailer was misleading. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, a Democrat, said in a written statement that the mailer included multiple inaccurate statements …

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Colorado To Sue USPS Over False Voting Mailer

From the Colorado Secretary of State: On Thursday my office received notice that the United States Postal Service would be sending out a national pre-election mailer to every household in America that contains incorrect election information for Colorado. The mailer incorrectly asks that voters request a mail ballot 15 days before the election and return their ballots by mail at …

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