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USPS Ordered to Restore High-Speed Machines for Election Mail

October 23, 2020

A federal judge ordered the U.S. Postal Service to restore high-speed mail-sorting machines at any facilities that are unable to process first-class election mail quickly enough — a major concern for states as the postal agency continues to struggle with service performance.

The order late Oct. 22 by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington is a win for a group of states that successfully sued USPS and President Donald Trump to halt a series of operational changes that hobbled the postal service just before an expected surge in use of mail-in ballots during the pandemic.

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