Yakima judge’s ruling impacts voters in the Midwest

YAKIMA – A federal judge in Yakima has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to perform nightly sweeps for ballots in areas where delivery is reported as unacceptably low. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who led a coalition of states in successfully overturning USPS policies involving overtime and mail processing.

Both Wisconsin and Michigan were part of that group, and Ferguson said data has been received showing low rates of on-time delivery in the state of Wisconsin and the greater Detroit (Michigan) area.

Judge Stanley Bastian ruled late Friday that USPS perform nightly sweeps for ballots in those areas and to take “extraordinary measures” to deliver the ballots to be counted.

“The reported data still show that the Postal Service is failing to timely deliver a significant number of trackable ballots, and that such ballots remain undelivered to voters or will not be delivered to elections officials in time to be counted,” Ferguson stated in his request for the hearing.

In addition to Washington, Wisconsin, and Michigan, the original lawsuit was also joined by Oregon, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.