States Lose Fight to Get USPS Outside Monitor for Election Mail

States that claim changes by the U.S. Postal Service will threaten mail-in voting failed again to get an independent monitor appointed to observe the agency’s compliance with a court order.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Austin McHugh in Philadelphia on Wednesday denied a request from Pennsylvania’s attorney general, Josh Shapiro, to assign a former USPS inspector general to make sure the postal service complies with a national injunction against certain operational changes, including a ban on late-delivery trips.

McHugh, who in September issued one of several nationwide injunctions against the USPS changes, said it’s too close to the Nov. 3 election for an outside monitor to be helpful. He cited a judge in another case who denied a similar request for the same reason.

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