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Injunction issued against changes to US Postal Service

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Washington | Friday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
A federal judge has blocked controversial changes against the US Postal Service (USPS) that have slowed mail delivery nationwide, calling them "a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the USPS" before the November 3 presidential election.

On Thursday, Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington state, said he was issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction sought by 14 states that sued the federal administration and the USPS, reports Xinhua news agency.

According to the statement by Washington's Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Judge Stanley said his order would substantially follow the state's motion.

Ferguson is leading a coalition of 14 states that filed a lawsuit over the changes to the USPS on August 18.

On September 9, he filed the motion for a preliminary injunction, which Judge Bastian granted on Thursday.

In its motion for a preliminary injunction, Ferguson and the coalition of states asked the judge to order the USPS to immediately stop its "leave mail behind" policy, where postal trucks are required to leave at specified times, regardless if there is mail still to be loaded.

According to Ferguson, the USPS is also required to continue its longstanding practice of treating all election mail as First Class mail, regardless of the paid postage, and to abide by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's public commitment to suspend the recent policy changes that have affected mail service until after the election.

"Today's victory protects a critical institution for our country," Ferguson told reporters after Thursday's verdict.

"Americans can now confidently vote by mail and have their voices heard."

"This is a huge victory for our election system and Americans' access to the ballot box," Washington Governor Jay Inslee said in the statement.

Ferguson argued in the statement that the changes come as President Donald Trump continues to claim without evidence that widespread vote-by-mail will lead to a fraudulent election.

According to Ferguson, Washington has allowed elections to be conducted completely by mail-in ballot since 2005 and mandated the practice statewide in 2011.

The state has not experienced voter fraud at any significant level.

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2020-09-18-08:41:53 (IANS)

 
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