USPS ordered to take extraordinary measures to speed up election ballot delivery

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A U.S. federal judge directed the United States Postal Service (USPS) to follow its “extraordinary measures” policy and use its Express Mail Network to address the slow down of ballot processing in key states.

On Sunday, just two days before the election, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan’s ordered USPS to reinforce its “special procedures” to ensure it “delivers every ballot possible by the cutoff time on Election Day.” The nation’s postal service agreed, according to CNBC.

In his order, Sullivan said all ballots with a local destination “must be cleared and processed on the same day or no later than the next morning for delivery to local offices.”

The judge also directed USPS to redistribute its extraordinary measures policy to all processing plant managers and division directors by 9 p.m. local time, Sunday. The policy must provide specific guidance for the final week of the 2020 election and inform them “that it is recirculating this policy at the instruction of a federal district court.”

The order also directed the USPS to use its “Express Mail Network on Monday, Tuesday, and after Election Day to expedite ballots out of local service area to ensure timely delivery of ballots, unless there is a faster surface option.”