Erik Larson

Government, Business, Logistics

USPS Says Thousands of Mail-In Ballots May Have Gone Missing

Officials count votes at a convention center in Philadelphia on Nov. 4. Officials count votes at a convention center in Philadelphia on Nov. 4. (Ryan Collerd/Bloomberg News)

The U.S. Postal Service on Nov. 5 told a judge that a review of processing data revealed roughly 4,250 mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania and North Carolina may have gone missing.

Erik Larson | Bloomberg News
November 6, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

USPS Ordered to Speed Swing-State Ballots in Time for Election Day

Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Minnesota are among several pivotal states with legal clashes over ballot deadlines. Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Minnesota are among several pivotal states with legal clashes over ballot deadlines. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

A federal judge ordered the U.S. Postal Service to make every effort to deliver mail-in ballots in three crucial swing states by Election Day due to uncertainty over whether votes that arrive after that will be counted.

Erik Larson | Bloomberg News
November 2, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

USPS Ordered to Increase Late Trips for Election Mail

A USPS truck drives in Crockett, Calif., on Aug. 17. A USPS truck drives in Crockett, Calif., on Aug. 17. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

A federal judge ordered Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to immediately begin authorizing more late delivery trips after an earlier injunction against the U.S. Postal Service’s disruptive operational changes failed to improve performance before the Nov. 3 election.

Erik Larson | Bloomberg News
October 28, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

In Mail-In Vote Dispute, USPS Argues It Makes No Delivery Guarantees

A customer deposits mail into a USPS mail collection box outside a post office in Burbank, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Delivery delays during an election can’t be unlawful, because the Constitution doesn’t guarantee states any particular level of service when it comes to mail-in ballots, the U.S. Postal Service told a federal judge.

Erik Larson | Bloomberg News
October 27, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

USPS Ordered to Restore High-Speed Machines for Election Mail

A USPS delivery truck in San Diego, Calif., on Sept. 2, 2020. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg News)

A federal judge ordered the U.S. Postal Service to restore high-speed mail-sorting machines at any facilities that are unable to process first-class election mail quickly enough — a major concern for states as the postal agency continues to struggle with service performance.

Erik Larson | Bloomberg News
October 23, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

States Lose Fight to Get USPS Outside Monitor for Election Mail

A postal worker loads a delivery vehicle at the post office in Cranberry Township, Pa. A postal worker loads a delivery vehicle at the post office in Cranberry Township, Pa. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

States that claim changes by the U.S. Postal Service will threaten mail-in voting failed again to get an independent monitor appointed to observe the agency’s compliance with a court order.

Erik Larson | Bloomberg News
October 22, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

USPS Still Not Processing Election Mail Fast Enough, States Say

A USPS carrier gets into her truck to deliver mail in Philadelphia in May. A USPS carrier gets into her truck to deliver mail in Philadelphia in May. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)

The U.S. Postal Service still isn’t processing election mail on time, even after being ordered by judges to halt disruptive changes like banning worker overtime and late delivery trips, Pennsylvania’s attorney general said.

Erik Larson | Bloomberg News
October 20, 2020
Government, Logistics

USPS: Election Is at Risk Over Conflicting Injunctions

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy speaks during a hearing on Aug. 24. (Tom Williams/Pool via AP) Postmaster General Louis DeJoy speaks during a House Oversight and REform Committee hearing on Aug. 24. (Tom Williams/Pool via AP)

The delivery of election mail could be disrupted by operational changes arising from competing national court orders, the U.S. Postal Service warned.

Erik Larson | Bloomberg News
October 6, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

DeJoy Says Postal Workers Could Abuse Election Overtime Order

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies during a House committee hearing on Aug. 24. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Aug. 24.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told a judge that a court order directing the U.S. Postal Service to reinstate overtime to ensure speedy delivery of mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election could be abused by workers.

Erik Larson | Bloomberg News
September 28, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

DeJoy Tells Judge Mail-Sorting Machines Can’t Be Reassembled

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy listens during a House committee hearing on Aug. 24. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy listens during a House committee hearing on Aug. 24. (Tom Williams/Bloomberg News)

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told a judge the U.S. Postal Service can’t reassemble the hundreds of high speed mail-sorting machines that were taken apart this year, a project that more than a dozen states allege was intended to undermine the upcoming election.

Erik Larson | Bloomberg News
September 24, 2020

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