By Anthony Scarpiniti
At the age of Covid-19, social detachment and at home, the “norms” of society are no longer normal. Because of the recent November elections, many states to adjust or expand their absences and mail-based voting procedures. According to one Pew Research Center SurveyApproximately two-thirds of Americans support the possibility of absentee voting or early voting without a specific reason. Even President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Ballots are requested by mail for the Florida Republican primary election in August.
While many Americans favor absentee voting and theoretical mail-based voting, in order for them to work in practice, the US Postal Service (USPS) had to prepare for large numbers of votes. During the holiday season of 2019, USPS arranged and distributed approximately “2.5 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, ”and this was only for a week. This divided into approx 500 million letters everyday. The Census Bureau estimates that population of electoral age in the United States there were about 245.5 million citizens in 2016, and only about 157.6 million of them are registered to vote. Between the holiday season and a hypothetical election held entirely by mail, there is a fair assumption that USPS is much busier during the holiday season.
USPS is based on Delivery barcode sorting machine to handle large amounts of mail. These machines can be classified 36,000 pieces of letter per hour. Unfortunately, many of these machines have suffered removed from distribution centers; many other distributed barcode sorters are plan will be phased out this year. In August 2020, a number of Distributed Barcode Classification machinery has been removed from the Chicago post office and the post office near O’Hare Airport.
For the disposal of these machines, April Harrington, an Illinois resident, file a lawsuit against Louis Dejoy (USPS general manager), Robert Duncan (chairman of the board of postal services) and USPS. Harrington accused that the defendants violated “her right to vote by illegally consolidating the post offices.” Harrington declare that by removing delivery barcode Sorters from distribution centers (which is a consolidation of post offices) and without at least 60 days’ notice, the defendants committed 39 USC § 404.
April Harrington ask the District Court for the Northern County of Illinois to order the Respondent to remove any courier Barcode Sorters from USPS distribution centers and force the Respondent to replace the deleted Delivery Barcode Sorters from the distribution center. This case is filed on September 8, 2020 and delivered Venerable Marvin E. Aspen September 9, 2020.
This case has interesting implications for the 2020 general election. If April Harrington wins the case, multiple distribution centers will be restored before any Delivery Barcode Sorters are dismantled. USPS may be prohibited from implementing any other policy similar to dismantling unless they comply by giving notice of 60 days that was not possible before November 3rd election. If the Defendants have won or if the court dismisses the case, it is likely that many Delivery Barcode Sorters will be dismantled for planned and dismantled machinery will remain dismantled. No resultsfinally happened on election day for this case. Eastern District of Washington DeJoy ordered and USPS from making changes before the election. This happens in one order September 17, 2020.
Mail ballots eventually played a big role in the 2020 election. While the exact numbers have yet to be calculated, more sixty two million absentee votes has been returned as of November 2, 2020. Expired 91.9 million An absentee ballot has been requested. On election night, President Trump appears to take the lead in the counting of votes, but once the main votes are counted, Vice President Biden take the lead in important states such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Georgia. After days of counting votes, Vice President Biden won these states, guaranteeing your election victory. USPS has proven successful in delivering many ballots, but they are not perfect. End one hundred and fifty thousand votes has not been submitted and is still being processed on election day. As long as these votes postmark on election day and delivered before Friday, November 6, they still count in Pennsylvania, Nevada and North Carolina. The vote is not accepted after Election Day in Georgia or Arizona. Because of this, a number of votes were not counted; Whether this is the voter’s fault or the USPS, or both, has yet to be determined. Looking to the future, it is hoped that large-scale absentee voting procedures could be normalized to facilitate more efficient distribution and recruitment.