USPS reaches settlement with NAACP over 2020 mail-in voting

ザ・ United States Postal Service announced an agreement Friday with the NAACP on a lawsuit the civil rights organization filed prior to the 2020 election that had challenged USPS delivery delays.

決済, the USPS said it anticipates enacting policies and practices during the 2022 midterms that are similar to theextraordinary measuresused during the November 2020 総選挙. Those measures came amid criticism that the USPS, under the leadership of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, implemented changes that impacted the delivery of mail-in ballots during a highly consequential election year and ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
の間に 2024 そして 2028, the Postal Service agreed to publicly post guidance documents that outline itsgood faith efforts to prioritize monitoring and timely deliveryof election mail.
    Under the new agreement, the agency agreed to meet with NAACP officials in the months before each national primary and general election through 2028 to provide weekly reports on service in the six weeks leading up to an election. Those outreach meetings will be held twice during each of those four election cycleswith one meeting convened no later than April and the other in August or September in each of those years.
      The meetings are meant to becooperative discussionswhere the two parties can discuss election mail performance, frequently reported election mail issues, policies and operational efforts, とりわけ.
        Under the agreement, the USPS will provide the NAACP with weekly service performance scores for first class and standard mail for the six weeks before and one week after the November 2022 そして 2024 general elections.
        With the NAACP’s ability to now monitor the performance of the USPS during national elections, we will ensure that the right to vote is protected for of all citizens, including those often suppressed,” NAACP National President Derrick Johnson said in a statement following the settlement.
          Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta said in a statement Friday that the Justice Department ispleased we could facilitate a resolution that reflects the commitment of all of the parties to appropriately handling and prioritizing election mail.
          今年の初め, the USPS under DeJoy, a Trump appointee and Republican donor, implemented a 10-year plan aimed at helping and modernizing the financially struggling agency. ザ・ policy changes 含まれています longer first-class mail delivery times and cuts to post office hours.
          The NAACP 訴えられた the USPS in August 2020, arguing that the changes the agency made led tounreliable service and widespread delaysin mail delivery and risked delaying mail-in ballots on time for the November 2020 選挙.
            USPS denied doing so and 代わりに asserted that it carried out its roleadmirably and consistent with the applicable standards.
            The agreement signed Friday said it is neither an admission by either partyof the merit or lack of meritof the opposing party’s claims or defenses, nor aan admission of liability or faultby the defendants.

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