Federal judge gives Trump administration, USPS deadline to surrender service information
YAKIMA, Wash. (WKBT) — A federal judge in Washington state set a 10-day deadline for the Trump administration and the U.S. Postal Service to turn over information about service changes that critics say could undermine mail-in voting in the November election.
More than 20 states filed lawsuits in New York and Washington state last week over the changes. Wisconsin and Minnesota are among 14 states that sued in U.S. District Court in Yakima.
Judge Stanley Bastian granted the states’ request Thursday to speed up discovery in that case, which also includes Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.
The Justice Department opposed the request, saying that much of the information the states are seeking is already in the public record.
Attorneys general in the 14 states are Democrats.
On the same day the states sued, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced that he was halting many of the changes, which included reducing overtime and removing mail sorting equipment.
But Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said many questions remain about the Postal Service’s actions, including whether the changes such as the removal of sorting equipment are being reversed and whether mail delays will continue.
The case isn’t just about the timely delivery of mail-in ballots, Ferguson said, but also about the delivery of prescriptions, Social Security benefits and other items upon which people depend.
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