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U.S. judge orders 'extraordinary measures' to ensure ballot deliveries

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By David Shepardson

A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to adopt "extraordinary measures" at some processing locations to ensure the timely delivery of millions of ballots before Tuesday's presidential election.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said he was ordering the measures in places where election mail processing scores for completed ballots returned by voters were below 90% for at least two days from October 26-28.

The list includes Alabama, Alaska, Atlanta, central Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wyoming, Detroit, Fort Worth, Texas; Indiana; South Carolina; Louisiana; the Mid-Carolinas, Mississippi; northern New England and Oklahoma, among others.

The measures are outlined in the Postal Service's ' Oct 20 "Extraordinary Measures Memorandum."

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson sought a hearing in a separate Postal Service case after data showed"consistently poor Election Mail performance data in certain regions."

Ferguson said data showed on-time delivery of ballots sent by voters in Michigan’s Detroit District dipped as low as 57%, while national processing has been 93% or higher.

Postal Service spokesman Dave Partenheimer declined to comment, but the service issued a memo on Friday outlining numerous extra measures it is taking to deliver ballots, including arranging for after-hours handoffs with boards of elections.

Starting Friday, employees can use the Express Mail network to get completed ballots returned by voters entered close to or on Election Day to their intended destination.

The Postal Service does not recommend mailing ballots less than seven days before state deadlines. Some states accept ballots if postmarked by Election Day, while others require receipt by then.

On Thursday, the Postal Service said it delivered 122 million blank and completed ballots ahead of Tuesday's presidential election, in which there has been record early voting.

More than 85 million Americans have already cast ballots in the presidential election, according to the U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida.

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The Trump era will be remembered for many things, among them how voting has been dealt with.

Trump and his Republican followers have done more to make voting, a basic right ensured by the Constitution, a challenge for millions of Americans.

Trump and his Republicans continue their attacks on the democratic principles the republic is built on.

If Trump is re-elected, he will go down in history as the gravedigger of the republic.

Despots around the globe are smiling. As are their followers pushing national socialism.

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The Trump era will be remembered for many things, among them how voting has been dealt with. 

Trump and his Republican followers have done more to make voting, a basic right ensured by the Constitution, a challenge for millions of Americans.

No, the President was always against mail in voting and if you can go to a hair salon or fly on a plane or go out on your sailboat or go to the gym and jog without masks as many of these Democrats were caught doing then you can drag your behind to the polls, rioters continue to show us this every day.

Trump and his Republicans continue their attacks on the democratic principles the republic is built on. 

The President never called for packing the courts or abolishing the filibuster.

If Trump is re-elected, he will go down in history as the gravedigger of the republic. 

More like the savior from the clutches of the Marxists, even Michael Moore is nervous. Time to put socialism and Marxism right where it belongs....in the trash.

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Fortunately, Trump is as incompetent at voter suppression as he is in business, governance or truth-telling.

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No, the President was always against mail in voting...

Funny, I was under the impression that Trump has always mailed in his vote (mostly as a democrat) EXCEPT this time when he wasted hundreds of thousands of tax-payer greenbacks to fly to Florida for a photo-op in a... library!? The significance of this purely symbolic political gesture was telegraphed to the nation as clearly as standing in front of that local church he never attends while holding his "favorite book" upside down and back to front. You couldn't make this stuff up (unless you were Trump's scriptwriter).

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Ivanka Trump and her husband posted in their votes!

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Trump used to always vote by mail.

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No, the President was always against mail in voting

I'll make the point again, but mainly to draw attention to the fact that you must know that Trump has always voted by mail, which makes me puzzled as to why you made the point.

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Any ballot postmarked before Nov 3 should be counted, and the outcome of the election should be based on every legitimate vote cast by that date, even if it takes several weeks to count and recount. No result should be announced until the tally is complete, and there should be a gag order placed on both camps regarding the election while the count takes place. The US does not need Trump whipping up the Pround Boys, the boogalooies and the madman militias during this fraught period. The whole country is a tinderbox at this point, and Trump is a notorious arsonist who will set it alight if he thinks it serves his interests.

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One can only infer that Republicans try to suppress the vote because in a free and fair election with all votes counted, they lose.

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PTownsendToday  07:12 am JST

The Trump era will be remembered for many things, among them how voting has been dealt with.

Trump and his Republican followers have done more to make voting, a basic right ensured by the Constitution, a challenge for millions of Americans.

Conservative politicians generally don't like it when lots of people vote and do everything they can to make sure their supporters' votes are disproportionately valuable. It's not much different from what the LDP have been doing in Japan for the past sixty years.

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In Georgia, there are ballot drop off boxes. These are placed in different places around different counties. The one I used was about 2 miles away, at a library. They have a security camera on it and it is emptied daily.

In Georgia, ballots postmarked by 7p on election day are consider "on-time", provided they are delivered within the next 5-7 days.

Over 50% of all registered voters have already voted here.

Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas were all hit by hurricane Zeta earlier this week, so there are trees down, power outages, and worse in those states. We had a 12 hour power outage at the house. I can completely understand why all deliveries are 1-2 days behind.

Weather.

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