U.S. Postal Service asks judge to clarify ruling it says could undermine election mail

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The U.S. Postal Service has asked a federal judge to clarify a ruling on election mail, saying the decision could hinder the agency’s ability to make prompt mail deliveries before the Nov. 3 elections.

Four U.S. judges have issued preliminary injunctions barring the Postal Service from making service reductions before the vote.

The USPS filed a motion late on Monday referring to a Sept. 27 decision by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan of the District of Columbia. The decision requires election mail be sent via plane. But apparently the Postal Service cannot distinguish election mail?

The Postal Service said it may be able to implement long-term solutions to distinguish Election Mail “sent as Marketing Mail from other Marketing Mail” but said “it is not possible to implement those solutions this close to an election, especially as states have begun printing and mailing ballots.”

The Postal Service says it “would constitute a major change that would seriously disrupt the processing of the mail and may not, in fact, be possible.” The Postal Service needs clarification because Judge Sullivan’s ruling would “undermine the Postal Service’s ability to timely deliver the mail before the upcoming election.”

Reuters has the story.