US District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Tuesday ordered the US Postal Service to conduct a sweep of processing facilities on the afternoon of Election Day to ensure absentee ballots that haven’t been delivered are swiftly delivered to election offices.
Sullivan, based in Washington, DC, has been hearing lawsuits over election mail delays. He’s better known for refusing the Justice Department’s request to drop its case against President Trump’s first national security adviser, Mike Flynn.
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The judge’s order instructs Postal Service inspectors to hunt for outstanding ballots in processing facilities across the country. Inspectors or their designees must perform the searches by 3 p.m. Eastern time, according to Sullivan’s order, with a government court filing due by 4:30 p.m. to report on the results.
Inspectors must “sweep the facilities … to ensure that no ballots have been held up and that any identified ballots are immediately sent out for delivery,” Sullivan ordered.
The hunt will scour facilities in key swing states and districts such as central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Detroit, Colorado, Wyoming, Atlanta, Houston, Alabama, northern New England, greater South Carolina, South Florida, Lakeland, Fla., and Arizona, according to Sullivan’s order.
Sources: NY Post; Image: FOX 23