With many continuing to express concern over the possibility of a drawn-out and fraught election process, one federal judge is doing all that they can to speed the process along.
Sure, everyone would love to have the full and total accounting of ballots on election night, but that’s never actually been the way that America does it. The results we get tonight will be preliminary, but, often, they can be overwhelming enough for state electors to make the necessary call.
But that doesn’t mean that the vote totals stop rising. A great many states will continue to count mail-in and absentee ballots until Friday or later, as many of these will be coming from overseas military members and other ex-pats.
In order to help speed up this process, and to make sure that every American is allowed to exercise their right to vote, a federal judge is ordering the Postal Service to put the pedal to the metal.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who has presided over several lawsuits aimed at Postal Service election mail delays, gave the Postal Service until 3 p.m. to “ensure that no ballots have been held up” in regions that have been slow to process mail ballots.
The order comes as a record number of Americans have already cast their ballots for Tuesday’s elections through the mail as a safety precaution during the coronavirus pandemic.
It applies to areas within the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Texas, Florida and Arizona, where polls have shown a tight race between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
If the name sounds familiar, that’s because Judge Sullivan also is also presiding over a hotly contested case involving former national security adviser Michael Flynn, as Flynn continues to attempt to withdraw an earlier guilty plea issued under ineffective counsel.
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