Postmaster general says postal service can't return mail-sorting machines

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said U.S. Postal Service mail-sorting machines dismantled earlier this year would not be put back together, according to a report from Bloomberg

Judge Stanley Bastian of Yakima, Wash., issued a nationwide injunction last week to temporarily halt changes to Postal Service policies that have resulted in mail delivery delays across the country.

DeJoy and the Postal Service said Wednesday in a filing to be considered by the judge that the injunction should be amended to acknowledge the machines cannot be put back together.

The postmaster general stated that the old machines were stripped for parts to improve or repair other sorting machines.

"It is therefore not possible to return such machines to service," the filing read.

Bastian has yet to rule on DeJoy's filing, according to Bloomberg. 

The injunction made by Bastian last week came after the postmaster general announced sweeping changes to the Postal Service in July, sparking outrage from critics and Democrats who argued the changes were meant to undermine the upcoming presidential election and aid President Trump.

The changes DeJoy put forth included personnel changes, the removal of blue mailboxes, mail processing machines and changes to over time pay. At the time, DeJoy said that the changes would be made to cut costs. 

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. 

FBI Director Christopher Wray backed the efficacy of the voting process Thursday, saying, "We have not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election whether it's by mail or otherwise."

A second nationwide injunction was issued against the Postal Service this week by voters in a Manhattan federal court. Another group of states is also seeking a third injunction on DeJoy's Postal Service alterations in a Pennsylvania federal court, according to Bloomberg.