A United States Postal Service (USPS) employee handles the mail in a drop-off field behind a publish workplace in Oak Park, Michigan, U.S. August 17, 2020.
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A federal decide on Thursday briefly blocked the USA Postal Service from making operational adjustments that states say threaten the well timed supply of election mail.
Stanley Bastian, chief decide for the Jap District of Washington state, mentioned he was issuing a preliminary injunction in a case introduced by 14 states over July adjustments to the postal service.
Substantial proof has been offered that the adjustments have made mail supply “slower and fewer environment friendly,” the decide mentioned on a listening to by phone.
The decide famous that the states mentioned the adjustments have been carried out in an try to make use of the postal service for political functions forward of the November presidential election.
“The allegations coupled with the proof offered demonstrates a chance of success on the deserves,” the decide mentioned. “Hurt has already taken place. Supply of mail is being slowed down, which seemingly will decelerate supply of ballots.”