U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

Judge Warns Postal Service Of ‘Price To Pay’ After It Downplays Defying Court Order To Search For Ballots

TOPLINE :The U.S. Postal Service said in court Wednesday that it did sweep its facilities for any undelivered ballots Tuesday in key battleground states despite not complying with a court-ordered deadline to do so—but a federal judge warned that USPS will likely face consequences for ignoring the “very important court order” on Election Day.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in the District of Columbia ordered USPS Tuesday to have postal inspectors sweep many of its facilities in regions including battleground areas in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas and Georgia for any undelivered ballots by 3 p.m.—but the USPS said in a subsequent court filing that while it was sweeping the facilities, it would not do so by that deadline.

Department of Justice lawyers representing USPS said at a status conference Wednesday afternoon there “wasn’t enough time” to get postal inspectors to postal facilities by 3 p.m. as the court had demanded, but that the sweeps themselves happened “even if the timing did not.”

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