Kevin Bray, who is in charge of all mail handling during the 2020 election, testified in court on Wednesday that the Post Office will continue additional measures through Saturday to ensure countable mail ballots.
These measures can be particularly important in Pennsylvania, where state law allows ballots – postmarked before or on Election Day – to arrive before November 6 and still count.
President Donald Trump’s campaign is planning to go to the Supreme Court to ask judges to intervene in a pending case that challenges a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision to count The ballot is late. The judges declined to expedite the pre-election appeal, but they are still considering whether or not to accept the case.
Bray says USPS will continue to use the express network, ensuring delivery within one to two days and what they call “local turn around,”; allowing local ballots to be sent on the same day or day. the next day.
The announcement comes as the scores of the votes continue to be counted nationwide as the presidential election is in equilibrium. Although mail ballots received after Election Day will account for a small percentage of all ballots, more than a dozen states – including Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina – allow ballots to be received if they are awarded. postmark on or before Election Day. These states represent 317 of the 538 Electoral College of the nation – or 59%.
Judge Emmet Sullivan’s order also requires that in addition to the USPS scanning the election mail daily, USPS processing plant managers must also confirm that all local ballots have been submitted to the local election. or the post office by 10:00 am local time, on Monday and Tuesday.
But Sullivan was so furious that the Post Office was unable to scan its facilities for votes on Tuesday afternoon, that he said on Wednesday he would want an answer under the oath of the General Manager. Post Manager Louis DeJoy.
“I agree that the Postmaster will either be deposed or have to testify before me under oath,” said Sullivan. He stated that he was dissatisfied that the USPS was unable to comply with the Election Day court order and did not notify him until the court deadline had passed that they had no staff on site at the facilities. to search for ballots in the middle of the afternoon. .
Sullivan issued several court orders asking the Postal Service to explain the number of election mails they cannot process on a daily basis, especially in low-performing states, including parts of states. Important battlefields like Pennsylvania.
Tuesday’s court order for the additional raid was in response to reports of lower performance in some regions – where tight deadlines for absentee ballots to electoral boards were Up close – and questions about what happened to 300,000 votes that weren’t last scanned before they were delivered.
“Someone might have to pay the price for that,” the judge said of USPS not wiping out the facilities again on Tuesday.
“It’s your client,” Sullivan told the Justice Department attorney representing USPS. “I care about your customers, everyone starting from the beginning of the food chain.”
Joseph Borson, representing the USPS, told the judge why the postal service was not conducting the scan that “it will take a while for this information to reach the right people.”
CNN’s Jeremy Herb contributed to this report.