US Postal Service blows court-ordered deadline to check for missing ballots. About 300,000 can’t be traced

…from USA Today

The U.S. Postal Service blew a court-ordered deadline Tuesday to sweep mail-processing facilities in more than a dozen states for missing election ballots that could number in the hundreds of thousands.

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington ordered the sweep Tuesday morning after the Postal Service said its delivery performance had dropped over the past five days and could not say whether more than 300,000 ballots received in its facilities had been delivered.

The sweep was to happen in 12 postal districts, including in battleground states Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

Sullivan gave the agency until 3:30 p.m. to finish the task.

The Postal Service said in its update to Sullivan at 4:30 p.m. that it was unable to conduct the sweep because it would have “significantly” disrupted its Election Day activities. Instead, the agency said, it would continue its preplanned daily review process in its 220 facilities nationwide that process ballots and would try to deliver any remaining ballots.


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  1. The order didn’t have any teeth, so the motivation to follow it was not there. The strategy was to store the mail in ballots (heavily democratic) in warehouses behind some other stuff, limit communications, and make no effort to count them until election day, which at that time, delay and stalling tactics can be used to simply run out the clock thereby avoiding counting them at all. If a wrestler is up by one point, the idea is to stall the match till the clock runs out, and satisfy the referee, by “looking busy”. An savvy referee punishes stalling by giving the opponent a point, but here in voting, the judge issues no potential punishment associated with the order.

    • The “missing” 300,000 is just the verifiable number of ballots that had registered as sent, but not received, which is a different trick. That trick is to simply throw them out, and once the dumpster is gone, there is little that can be done. I do not think it would excessive to suggest more than a million+ have either been thrown out, stacked in a shadow, scribbled on, or purged through other means.

  2. Judge Emmet Sullivan has been a steadfast guardian of republic this past year. He is a credit to federal bench and the rule of law.

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