EXPLAINER: Postal Service, judge at odds over ballot search

Who was it: What did it?

The U.S. Postal Service claims that it would not agree with the decision of a federal judge to sweep mail-in vote collection centers.

It claims that this would interrupt its activities on election day and had "physical and organizational limits."


In some countries, disputes over mail ballots, particularly after Election Day, may be a source of fire for court battles about election results.


District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan directed a deeply politized department under the current chief, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, to make a bruising court judgments for weeks afterwards.

Over the summer, the big GOP donor DeJoy introduced some contentious shifts in legislation that delayed national postal services , creating questions regarding the capacity of the service to cope with the extraordinary crash in mail-in votes.

Around the same moment, during his bid, President Donald Trump targeted mail votes unfounded and dishonest.

Many of Sullivan's orders relied on postal data that showed nearly 300,000 mail-in votes in several countries.

The organization challenged the precision of the number, arguing that it had sought to ensure the local distribution of votes on the same day by fully bypassing those processing measures and keeping them incomplete.


Until Tuesday afternoon, Sullivan had looked for excellent ballots in 27 facilities in many battlefields and instantly sent these votes.

The Postal Service said that all its hubs had already carried out morning inspections.

In addition , the organisation announced that every day it carried out regular reviews of all 220 electoral mailing facilities and arranged another day before the polls closed on Tuesday.

The judge acknowledged the reply of the Department but convened a Wednesday audience "to address the obvious inability to comply with the order of the court."