HARRISBURG, Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pennsylvania State Attorney General Josh Shapiro is looking to stop what he says are illegal service changes by the U.S. Postal Service that stop workers from "effectively delivering the mail."
Shapiro filed a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court on behalf of several other states in addition to Pennsylvania.
"Postmaster General DeJoy’s promises to suspend new initiatives that slowed down the mail have been proven false. We need the court to step in and stop changes that have prevented postal workers from doing their jobs,” Attorney General Shapiro said.
“Postmaster General DeJoy overhauled the Postal Service without consulting the experts, and without letting the public weigh in. The changes slowed down the mail, as even the Postmaster General admitted in his own testimony to Congress last week. Veterans, seniors, business owners, and everyday Pennsylvanians rely on the Postal Service during this ongoing health pandemic, and with an election looming, we need court oversight to ensure everyone has full faith in the Postal Service at this critical time.”
Shapiro's filing says changes are supposed to be submitted to the Postal Regulatory Commission before going into effect and says the process was not followed.
The court document lists "prohibitions on “late” and “extra” trips by mail trucks and restrictions on when letter carriers must start and end their shifts" as changes made by the postal service that could delay delivery of mail and also states that these actions "unlawfully interfered with the States’ constitutionalauthority to manage their own elections."
Voting by mail has seen a rise in popularity as an alternative to going to a physical polling location on Election Day amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In August, Governor Tom Wolf asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to extend the deadline for mail-in ballots in November's election, asking the court to allow ballots post-marked up to three days following Election Day.
“We must ensure everyone has confidence in our elections and that every eligible vote will be delivered and counted this fall,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “Our job is to protect and secure your ballot and your right to vote; the job of citizens is to use that power and vote this fall.”
You can read the court document here.
In addition to Pennsylvania, the filing was done on behalf of California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Maine, and North Carolina.