A Washington state judge ordered this Thursday to temporarily halt the changes that the US president had implemented, Donald Trump, in the Postal Service when considering that they obey to “political reasons” to boycott the vote by mail before the elections.
Justice Stanley A. Bastian, who presides over the federal court for the eastern district of Washington, said that Trump and the person responsible for the Postal ServiceLouis DeJoy, a major Republican donor, are “implicated in a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service.”
Attack on the Postal Service
For this reason, the judge ordered the Government to immediately stop the changes that DeJoy began to implement in August, who ordered the dismantling of several of the machines that sort mail and also asked that some of the iconic ones be removed from the streets. blue mailboxes.
The magistrate, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama (2009-2017), issued the order in response to a request from 14 of the country’s 50 states, all of them led by attorneys general of the Democratic Party and among which are Michigan, Wisconsin and Nevada, considered key to the elections.
“The states,” the judge wrote, “have shown that the defendants are involved in a politically motivated attack against the efficiency of the Postal Service. They have also shown that this attack on the Postal Service will possibly irreparably damage the ability of states to manage the 2020 general election. “
In that sense, the judge pointed out that the changes could cause delays in voting by mail and that would prevent “determining exactly the result of the elections.”
It is not clear how the judge will get his order implemented, as some of the changes (such as the removal of mailboxes) have already been made. Voting by mail will be essential in these elections due to the pandemic.
One of the most important questions is whether ballots By mail they will be able to arrive in time so that they can be counted and there the challenge is the decentralization of the system: each state has its own deadlines and some of those dates, due to the avalanche that is expected, do not give enough margin to process the mail to weather.