- A federal judge ordered the United States Postal Service to take “extraordinary measures” to deliver the ballots
- Issued the order after being presented with information that delivery of the ballots was being too slow
- The delivery of ballots by the United States Postal Service has dropped to 57% in the last week
Absentee ballot. According to the Agency’s report The Associated Press, a federal judge ordered the United States Postal Service to take “extraordinary measures” to deliver ballots in time for them to be counted in Wisconsin and around Detroit, including the use of priority mail service.
Chief US District Judge Stanley Bastian, in Yakima, Washington, issued the order Friday after he was presented with information showing that the timely delivery of vote-by-mail ballots was being too slow in Michigan and Wisconsin.
Both are considered “undecided states” in the November presidential elections.
The delivery of ballots by the United States Postal Service (USPS for its acronym in English) in the district of Detroit, for example, has dropped as much as 57% in the last week, the office of the attorney general of the United States said Washington state, Bob Ferguson.
“Every vote must be counted,” Ferguson noted. “Our democracy depends on it.”
On-time delivery nationwide has been 93% or more, Ferguson, who leads a coalition of 14 states that filed a lawsuit Aug. 18 over the changes in the Postal Service, added in a statement.
Bastian, appointed by former President Barack Obama, said that beginning Sunday through November 10, the USPS must report to the court the status of “all distributed” from the previous day for each office and processing center in the area of Detroit and a district that encompasses most of Wisconsin.
If the USPS identifies any ballots in its “all distributed” traces at those facilities, it should do everything it can to deliver those ballots by 8:00 pm local time on election day, including using Priority Mail. Express or other extraordinary measures, Bastian said.
Express Priority Mail is a nightly service that costs a minimum of $ 26.35 per envelope, according to information posted on the USPS.com site.