The attorney general, Letitia James, has asked a U.S. District Court to immediately block the USPS from implementing its recent changes in a bid to restore postal operations to pre-June standards while her lawsuit plays out in court. James has accused the Trump administration of slowing mail operations in the lead up to the November presidential election.
Last week, James filed a multi-state lawsuit to block USPS policy changes by asking the federal court to declare the changes unconstitutional and prevent any further changes without an advisory opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission.
The lawsuit claimed that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's changes would significantly undermine the postal service's ability to handle mail-in ballots in November, something the James and the other attorney generals expect would be taken up by a large number of residents living in their states.
He said the financial position of the USPS is “dire” and without “dramatic change,” the agency will “face an impending liquidity crisis.” His changes resulted in at least 20 postal executives reassigned to new roles or displaced. These cost-cutting measures have drawn concerns that it would result in mail backlogs across the country, further elevating worries that ballots won’t be delivered in time for the November election.
Many lawmakers and critics alleged that DeJoy’s decision to restructure the national postal service just months prior to the November election is designed to limit mail-in voting.
But that has not stopped states from filing lawsuits against the USPS and the Trump administration, who say they need more "binding agreements" from DeJoy.
“Second, I did not direct the cutback on hours at any of our post offices. And finally, I did not direct the elimination or any cutback in overtime. I did, however, suspend these practices, to remove any misperceptions about our commitment to delivering the nation’s election mail. Any further assertions by the media or elected officials is furthering a false narrative to the American people."