New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Trump administration aimed at stopping the disruption of operations at the U.S. Postal Service. The lawsuit names President Donald Trump, the postal service and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, and asks to vacate recent changes made to the U.S. Postal Service and to stop it from implementing additional service reductions. A planned overhaul of the post office has worried Democrats concerned that voters will be prevented from casting ballots by mail because of potential delays in receiving voting materials or returning them.
U.S. Postmaster Louis DeJoy said in a statement: “This USPS slowdown is nothing more than a voter suppression tactic. These authoritarian actions are not only jeopardizing our democracy and fundamental right to vote, but the immediate health and financial well-being of Americans across the nation.”
The lawsuit was filed by New York, New Jersey, Hawaii, New York City and San Francisco. Six states, led by Pennsylvania, sued the U.S. Postal Service and the new postmaster general on Aug. 21, saying service changes in recent weeks have harmed the ability of states to conduct free and fair elections.
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