The National Urban League and two leading voting rights advocacy groups have sued the U.S. Postal Service and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in a Maryland federal court, arguing a recent restructuring of the service has “unconstitutionally burdened the fundamental right to vote.”
Joined by Common Cause and the League of Women Voters of the United States, the civil rights suit filed Tuesday night in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt says a decommissioning of mail sorting machines, cuts to employee overtime and removal of mailboxes will interfere with the November election.
“Defendants’ actions are especially pernicious because the upcoming national elections will take place in the midst of a once-in-a-century pandemic that is expected to cause a surge in mail-in voting,” the 37-page lawsuit states. “Defendants’ actions effectively require members of the voting public to make a choice: exercise your right to vote in a manner that may be dangerous to your health and that of your community or forfeit your right to vote.”
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