The Postal Service disagreed with any assertion that the agency dragged its feet, pointing out that 99.89% of 2020 ballots were delivered to election officials within seven days. Performance further improved in last year’s election, the agency said.
The Postal Service Board of Governors, a majority of whom are now appointed by Democratic President Joe Biden, has made no move to replace DeJoy despite calls to do so by Democrats, a postal workers union and other critics.
Sullivan, in his ruling issued Thursday, said that the biggest impact on the delayed mail deliveries was the elimination of those extra delivery trips to homes and businesses.
The judge ruled that the Postal Service cannot prohibit or curtail such trips if service standards dip below a certain level.