Resource: Johnakin v. U.S. Postal Service

By: Healthy Elections Project

October 18, 2020

Healthy Elections Project

The USPS allegedly enacted operational challenges after June 2020 that reduced postal service worker hours, forbade overtime, and removed sorting machines, thus affecting the postal service's ability to deliver ballots cast by mail in a timely manner. Pennsylvania enacted a law to expand access to vote-by-mail, but the legislation only allows for counting ballots received by 8 pm on election day. Plaintiff is a Pennsylvania voter and office-seeker who asks for injunctions against the Postmaster General and the President to rescind past and prevent future operational changes that allegedly threaten to (1) deprive voters who cast otherwise valid ballots from having their votes counted, and (2) deprive voters in certain communities, particularly disadvantaged communities, from having their votes counted.