Judge rejects Trump lawsuit in Michigan
Good news PA count may in by today…hopefully
Trump’s lead in Georgia is down to 12,771, and the ballots coming in are all heavily leaning blue.
EDIT: Now only 9,525. Wow.
As the counting of votes continues, so does the scrutiny of the U.S. Postal Service. In testimony Thursday before U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, it was revealed that as many as 68 ballots were not delivered in Atlanta in time to be counted on Election Day and that some 1,400 ballots mailed over the weekend didn’t arrive by Election Day in Pennsylvania. But officials in the state have until Friday to receive them, and postal officials were ordered by Sullivan to keep sweeping their facilities for ballots until then. The order also applies to North Carolina, where election officials will accept mail-in ballots until next week, as long as they were postmarked by Election Day.
Based on a court filing this week, it appeared that the Postal Service had lost track of some 300,000 mail-in ballots. The ballots had been scanned into the system, but there was no record that they had been scanned out. But the Postal Service said in a statement that there was a simple explanation: Under the extraordinary measures it was taking to get election mail delivered on time, postal workers removed the ballots from the system before they received a final scan and delivered them directly to election boards.
Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union, says that’s exactly what happened. “They’re not missing,” Dimondstein told NPR. “They’re not disappeared. We have every reason to believe they made it to their final destination and were counted. They’re not accounted for in the same way that regular mail would have been.”
The Postal Service has been under extreme scrutiny during this election season. Because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, some 65 million Americans voted by mail nationwide. But there were deep suspicions after Louis DeJoy, a big-dollar donor to Republicans including President Trump, was named postmaster general. DeJoy, who ran a logistics company, immediately introduced cost-cutting measures that critics said slowed the mail. The Postal Service suspended those changes, spurred by a series of lawsuits from state officials and advocacy groups.
Dimondstein says he is “very proud” of the work done by his members, despite the scattered glitches. “Obviously, all the votes should be counted, but this was a real success for the American people.”
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