The judge was asked for this action from several states who are concerned that DeJoy , a Trump political donor, is helping Trump’s election effort by slowing the countries mail service as a mean of vote suppression….
A judge issued a nationwide injunction to temporarily halt changes to U.S. Postal Service policies that have delayed mail delivery across the country ahead of a presidential election expected to see record numbers of mail-in ballots.
Judge Stanley Bastian, an Obama appointee, called the changes “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” that created “a substantial possibility many voters will be disenfranchised,” according to The Associated Press.
Bastian, who is based in Yakima, Wash., concluded that harm to the public “has already taken place” and said the 14 states that sued showed “this attack on the Postal Service is likely to irreparably harm the states’ ability to administer the 2020 general election,” The Washington Post reported.
Bastian ruled from the bench Thursday and said he’d release a written order, as requested by states, later Thursday or Friday, according to news reports. The scope and duration of the injunction were not initially clear as the judge said more detail would come in the written order.
The Postal Service endured nationwide criticism after implementing changes in July that many blame for slower mail delivery.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a donor to President Trump, announced the suspension of some changes, like the removal of blue mailboxes and mail processing machines, but other adjustments remained in place, prompting 14 states to sue the administration and the Postal Service.
The states sued to stop the new so-called “leave behind” policy, which instructs trucks to leave facilities promptly whether or not there is more mail to load, according to the AP. The suit also called for election mail to be handled as First Class mail….
Do not be surprised if Trump or Attorney General Barr moves to appeal the upcoming injunction BEFORE the election to stall mail-in ballot’s being counted …..