USPS reports another drop in on-time movement of mail ballots two days before Election Day
November 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
For the third day in a row, the US Postal Service moved fewer ballots on-time in critical battleground states than it did in the previous day, according to new court filings Sunday.
(CNN)For the third day in a row, the US Postal Service moved fewer ballots on-time in critical battleground states than it did in the previous day, according to new court filings Sunday.
With Election Day only two days away, these continued drops in performance mean ballots are now at significant risk of not arriving to election offices in time to get counted.
In a majority of states, mail ballots postmarked before or on Election Day don't count if they arrive after the polls close.
In a document filed in US District Court Sunday, USPS said that on a national level, they moved fewer ballots on time on Saturday than on Friday and their processing score dropping from 93% to 91%.
Scores have been steadily declining since Wednesday, when USPS reported they moved 97% of ballots on time.
These figures do not include ballots being returned through what USPS calls "local turnaround. " That's the process USPS says some post offices have implemented, where ballots are being delivered directly to local boards of election -- they are postmarked, but don't go through normal mail processing.
Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington, DC, is considering whether the US Postal Service should take even more steps before Election Day to improve scores so that mailed ballots can be delivered quickly and before voting deadlines.
In court, Department of Justice lawyers representing the USPS and USPS executives have repeatedly emphasized that further orders from the court to increase service may be difficult to implement, and that all of the 440,000 postal employees know it's "all hands on deck" to deliver ballots on time, to count on November 3.