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A federal judge blocked a series of actions implemented by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy that have led to widespread mail delays, calling them “an intentional effort on the part of the current Administration to disrupt and challenge the legitimacy of upcoming local, state, and federal elections.”.
“Although not necessarily apparent on the surface, at the heart of DeJoy’s and the Postal Service’s actions is voter disenfranchisement,” Bastian wrote.
Other reversals ordered by the court, such as reinstalling the removed sorting machines, could be difficult to achieve since many of the machines have already been taken apart.
But the scrutiny on DeJoy is playing out in the courts, which in recent days have issued significant rulings to combat mail delays.
A day earlier, an Ohio court ruled that the secretary of state could not mandate that local boards of elections have only one drop box per county.
Both opinions cited delays under DeJoy as a reason to expand access to the ballot. »