US Postal Service ordered to search NC facilities for undelivered ballots after missing deadline

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — A new court order means that North Carolina post offices must search facilities again for any ballots that have not yet made it to election boards amid a federal lawsuit.

This news comes after the Greensboro USPS admitted in court filings that it delivered only 72.92% of mail-in ballots after facing a court order to make sure all reached their destinations.

Post offices across the Mid-Carolinas and Greensboro districts will be required to search facilities again and make sure all ballots reach their respective election boards no later than 5 p.m. Friday.

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The postal service will sweep facilities in the morning and evening on Friday, but USPS has been told that the evening sweep must allow enough time to get any ballots found to the board of elections by the deadline.

Plant managers and district managers will be required to identify and report the number of ballots found, dated on or before Nov. 3.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, of Washington, D.C., told the postal service that the agency had to search for any mail-in ballots still waiting to be delivered at 27 facilities across several battleground states.

The judge told the postal service that they had until Tuesday afternoon to make sure all of those completed ballot reached their destinations.

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USPS told the judge that the agency reviewed all 220 facilities handling election mail daily, including the morning of Election Day. The postal service planned to conduct another sweep hours before polling places closed.

Data shows that the postal service was only able to process ballots at a rate of 72.92% in Greensboro on Election Day.

Greensboro was not alone. The postal service reported that cities in other battleground states, including Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, had also processed ballots at a rate of less than 80%.

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