For the fifth day in a row, the US Postal Service moved fewer ballots on-time in crucial battleground states than it did in the day past, in accordance with new court docket filings.
Five of the states with low processing scores — Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, New Hampshire and Maine — don’t enable ballots to reach after Election Day.
The continued drops in efficiency imply ballots are actually at important danger of not arriving to election workplaces in time to be counted. In greater than half of the states, mail-in ballots is not going to rely in the event that they arrive after polls shut.
A better processing rating implies that the next share of ballots are touring by way of the mail system on time.
The Postal Service mentioned that on a nationwide stage, it moved fewer ballots on time on Sunday and Monday than on Friday, with the service’s general processing rating dropping from 91% to 90%. Scores have been steadily declining since Wednesday, when USPS reported it moved 97% of ballots on time.
The Postal Service reported that it moved at the least 740,864 ballots on Sunday and Monday.
Some crucial battlegrounds states are nonetheless experiencing a drop in processing scores beneath 90%.
Just 52% of the Atlanta district’s ballots, and 69% of ballots in vast swaths of North Carolina moved on-time on Sunday and Monday, the USPS reported. The two districts had the bottom processing scores within the US.
Fewer than than 80% of ballots in Pennsylvania and Ohio had been moved on time, with Central Pennsylvania and the Ohio Valley sinking into the low 70s. Michigan, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Maine all had processing scores nicely beneath the 90% mark.
These figures don’t embrace ballots being returned by way of what USPS calls “local turnaround.” That’s the method USPS says some put up workplaces have applied, the place ballots are being delivered on to native boards of election — they’re postmarked, however do not undergo regular mail processing.
USPS has reiterated that the delays are largely as a consequence of staffing shortages as a consequence of Covid-19.
To repair the problems, USPS has offered “multiple layers of operational oversight,” is coordinating closely with the USPS inspector general, and has been holding daily troubleshooting calls with problem areas.