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High-speed mail sorting machines stripped for parts.

Postmaster DeJoy told a federal court that many removed high-speed mail sorting machines could not be returned as they have been stripped for parts

Postmaster DeJoy told a federal court that many removed high-speed mail sorting machines could not be returned as they have been stripped for partsPostmaster General Louis DeJoy told a federal court that hundreds of high-speed mail sorting machines he ordered removed could not be returned to service because they were stripped for parts. This was in response to a nationwide order issued by US District Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, demanding the return of some 700 machines taken out of service and temporarily halt changes to Postal Service policies have resulted in mail delivery delays across the country. DeJoy further stated that “Dismantled machines ‘are generally dissembled for their usable parts, with such parts being removed to maintain or enhance other machines. It is therefore not possible to return such machines to service.”

Witnesses reported that many of the expensive machines were quickly dismantled and tossed into dumpsters as scrap. The injunction noted that 72% of the ripped out machines were in counties Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election, reported the Huffington Post.

Each machine can sort 36,000 pieces of mail an hour, vastly speeding mail processing and delivery, which is crucial for the upcoming Presidential election where the majority of people will vote using mail-in-ballot.

Judge Bastian blasted DeJoy’s actions as a “politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” ahead of the election. It’s an “intentional effort by the current Administration to disrupt and undermine the legitimacy of upcoming ... elections,” Bastian ruled. DeJoy, several weeks ago, ordered the removal of the sorting machines and hundreds of letter-collection boxes. He also ordered an end to overtime for postal workers and extended delivery time reported the Huffington Post.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that an increase in mail-in voting due to the coronavirus pandemic in the Nov. 3 election will lead to massive voter fraud. However, there has been no evidence in the past to suggest that mail-in voting leads to widespread fraud.

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