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USPS Misses Court’s Deadline for Sweep of Mail-In Ballots

  • Judge ordered the USPS to find undelivered ballots by 3 p.m.
  • The agency said it was unable to comply with the deadline
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The U.S. Postal Service said it was unable to comply with a federal judge’s order to conduct a sweep of its facilities in crucial swing states for undelivered mail-in ballots by 3 p.m. on Election Day on the East Coast.

The USPS said in a submission to the judge that it was “unable to accelerate the daily review process” by the deadline “without significantly disrupting preexisting activities on the day of the election, something which defendants did not understand the Court to invite or require.” The agency said it had already conducted “all clear” sweeps for ballots in the morning though, and another one was scheduled for 4-8 p.m.