JUDGE ORDERS SWEEP FOR MISSING BALLOTS

JUDGE ORDERS SWEEP FOR MISSING BALLOTS

Judge orders sweep of postal facilities after 300,000 mail ballots not shown as delivered

JUDGE ORDERS SWEEP FOR MISSING BALLOTS

A federal judge has ordered U.S. Postal Service inspectors to sweep postal facilities Tuesday in several locations — including in six battleground states — to ensure that any mail-in ballots left behind are immediately sent out for delivery.

The order came after the Postal Service said in court filings that nearly 300,000 ballots had been scanned into the U.S. mail system since Oct. 24 but had not been scanned again to show they had been delivered — including more than 11,000 in Pennsylvania, nearly 16,000 in Florida and more than 6,000 in Michigan.

On-time performance for mail ballots has also dropped significantly in recent days, falling off by more than 5 percentage points over a nine-day period, from 94.7% last Wednesday to 89.59% Monday, the agency said.

The last-minute order on Tuesday by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in Washington, D.C., directed the law enforcement arm of the Postal Service to inspect facilities in central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, Houston, south Florida, Arizona and a few other locations by 3 p.m. Eastern.

RESULT OF LAWSUITS AND COMPLAINTS

The order is part of one of several lawsuits against the Postal Service over cost-cutting measures that slowed mail delivery this year and raised concerns that mail-in ballots would not be delivered on time.

Recent data have shown that on-time mail delivery in some parts of the country has dropped to levels lower than in July, when millions of Americans went days, even weeks, without mail.

The order focuses on postal districts that have struggled to process ballots on time, located in states that will not count ballots received after election day.

“No one should be disenfranchised for something that is out of their control,” said Shankar Duraiswamy, an attorney for Vote Forward, a voting rights organization that filed the lawsuit prompting Sullivan’s order. “It’s important that the Postal Service do everything in its power to make sure that that doesn’t happen.”

The nearly 300,000 ballots without destination scans raised alarm among voting rights groups that some mail ballots could be delivered too late to be counted.

POST OFFICE SAY THEY MAY HAVE BEEN DELIVERED

Missing destination scan does not automatically mean that a ballot was not delivered, the Postal Service said in a court filing. Some ballots are pulled from the automated processing system and delivered directly to elections officials, they said. Other mail cannot be sorted automatically because of physical flaws like smudged barcodes.

Since Oct. 29, inspectors have been working daily at all 220 facilities that process mail ballots, scanning for delayed mail and ensuring that “no ballots are held for postage due,” said Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer.

“Ballots will continue to be accepted and processed as they are presented to us, and we will deliver them to their intended destination,” Partenheimer said.

The postal service raised concerns about complying with the judge’s order, saying that they didn’t have enough inspectors to finish the sweep in the required time.

POST OFFICE NOT ABLE TO COMPLY WITH ORDRS

Officials were unable to expedite the review process to run from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern, as required by Sullivan “without significantly disrupting preexisting activities on the day of the Election,” said attorneys for the postal service. Instead, scheduled reviews have been underway since 4 p.m and will continue until 8 p.m. Eastern.

The postal service also identified 27 facilities where USPS Office of Inspector General personnel are stationed, including facilities in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Some postal areas in swing states where Sullivan ordered Postal Service inspectors to sweep for mail ballots had far lower performance scores than the national average, agency data show.

In Atlanta, 57% of ballots were processed on time Saturday, and 61% on Monday, the data show. Georgia will not count ballots that arrive after the polls close.

In central Pennsylvania, which includes a broad swath of the state outside Philadelphia, 52.6% of ballots headed back to election clerks were processed on time Saturday, and 69% on Monday, according to the data.

In Detroit, where ballots will not be counted if they arrive after 8 p.m. Tuesday, about 75% of ballots were processed on time Saturday; and less than 78% on Monday, according to the Postal Service data.

Sullivan has presided over several recent lawsuits targeting delays at the Postal Service. He issued an order last week directing USPS executives to immediately rescind guidelines that hampered mail delivery over the summer and boost the numbers of late and extra truck trips if necessary.

DAWG SAYS: WHY AM I NOT SURPRISED.

MICHAEL MOORE CALLS IT AGAIN

MICHAEL MOORE CALLS IT AGAIN


Michael Moore doesn’t believe the polls showing Biden ahead of Trump

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore is sounding the alarm five days before Election Day, strongly suggesting that polls showing Joe Biden in a comfortable lead against President Trump are not accurate.

During his appearance on The Hill TV’s “Rising,” Moore began by calling it “awful news” that Biden was ahead of Trump by seven points in his home state of Michigan and explained how Trump managed to cut Biden’s lead “in half,” citing another poll that had the Democratic nominee “16 points” ahead of the president.

“Trump has tightened virtually every one of these swing states to the point where- what are they saying this morning?… ‘Biden’s five points ahead in Wisconsin… maybe three points ahead in Florida, two points ahead in Arizona’… Listen, don’t believe these polls,'” Moore said. “The Trump vote is always being undercounted. Pollsters- when they actually call the Trump voter, the Trump voter is very suspicious of the ‘Deep State’ calling them and asking them who they’re voting for.”

PEOPLE FEEL POLLS ARE FAKE NEWS

Polls are “fake news” to Trump supporter, he said.

“So it is not an accurate count. I think the safe thing to do, this is not scientific… whatever they’re saying the Biden lead is, cut it in half, right now, in your head. Cut it in half, and now you’re within the four-point margin of error. That’s how close this is! That’s how desperately close this is!”

Moore also referred to Trump as an “evil genius” for his ability to win the election.

Back in August, the Oscar-winning documentarian warned Democrats about the enthusiasm gap between the Biden base and the Trump base.

“I’m warning you almost 10 weeks in advance. The enthusiasm level for the 60 million in Trump’s base is OFF THE CHARTS! For Joe, not so much,” Moore wrote in a Facebook post. “Don’t leave it to the Democrats to get rid of Trump. YOU have to get rid of Trump. WE have to wake up every day for the next 67 days and make sure each of us are going to get a hundred people out to vote. ACT NOW!”

Moore was one of the rare liberal voices who famously predicted Trump’s victory in the 2016 election.


A COLUMN FROM THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A COLUMN FROM THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A conservative activist says media censorship and massive voter fraud are two formidable weapons Democrats will count on to prevent Donald Trump from a second term.

A COLUMN FROM THE WASHINGTON TIMES ROBERT KNIGHT

As the 2020 campaign trail approaches the finish line, President Trump continues to hold rallies in key battleground states, while Joe Biden continues to campaign mostly from his Delaware basement, occasionally venturing out for short appearances in front of miniscule crowds.  The question is which strategy will work?

Robert Knight, a conservative activist and columnist for The Washington Times, is optimistic about Republican chances.

“I think the Republicans will hold the Senate,” he predicts. “They may even take the House. People are fed up with the violence, and at the top of the Democratic ticket, Joe Biden’s probably the weakest candidate we’ve had in years. We thought Hillary Clinton was a poor candidate, but I think Joe Biden has topped her by hiding away in his basement, stumbling over his words, [and] buying into the far-left agenda of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He’s a disaster.”

Still, there are two things Knight says can help Biden win: “The continued censorship of real information and a massive operation of vote fraud.”

“The Republicans have hired a lot of lawyers and poll watchers because they know that the Democrats will do anything to regain power,” he continues. “I hope these people are on the alert and will be able to foil any voter fraud plans.”

BIDENS FITNESS STILL IN QUESTION

Meanwhile, with Joe Biden’s mental fitness in question, the Trump campaign has warned voters that a vote for Biden is really a vote for Kamala Harris.

A new Public Religion Research Institute poll released this week shows that only 36 percent of black men said Biden selecting a woman of color as his running mate was a good idea. Pundits have also questioned the selection of Harris in light of the fact that Democrat primary voters overwhelming rejected her presidential bid.

“She’s an empty shell,” says Jesse Lee Peters, founder and president of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND). “I believe she thinks she’s running for president, even though she claims to be running for vice president, and they’re just using Joe Biden to get her in there. But she doesn’t have a chance. She’s hurting more than she’s helping. This woman lost during the primary. What makes them think that she’s going to be an asset right now?”

So Peters is optimistic about Trump’s chances on Election Day.

“I think that before it is all said and done, this is going to be an overwhelming election,” he tells OneNewsNow. “It’s going to be far greater than what the liberal media and others are telling you. They tried to pull the same thing off with Hillary Clinton, saying that the polls were for Hillary; the people were against Donald Trump, and it turned out that wasn’t true.”

Whatever happens, Knight says America hangs in the balance.

DAWG SAYS: BOTTOM LINE NO ONE KNOWS NO MATTER HOW SMART THEY THINK THEY ARE.