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DEMS FLAY U.S. POSTAL DELAYS AHEAD OF ELECTION DAY

Democrats in Congress said reported delays in mail deliveries in some US cites could jeopardize delivery of ballots ahead of this week's presidential election, David Shepardson reported for Reuters.

US District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington ordered the US Postal Service (USPS) to release daily reports on mail deliveries, participate in daily court conferences and take other steps to ensure timely delivery of ballots. He directed USPS distribute guidance to workers of the need to ensure "completed ballots reach the appropriate election official by the state's designated deadline."


House Oversight and Reform Committee chairwoman Carolyn Maloney said Postal "delays are now jeopardizing the delivery of election mail, so I encourage all Americans who have not yet voted to vote in person or use designated election drop boxes." USPS spokesman Dave Partenheimer said the Postal Service is complying with Judge Sullivan's order. "We take all of our legal obligations very seriously."


USPS does not recommend mailing ballots less than seven days before state deadlines. Some states accept ballots if postmarked by Nov. 3, while others require receipt by Election Day. Last Friday, USPS told Sullivan it returned 137 mail processing machines to service since August and approved thousands of daily extra or late delivery trips.



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