Guess that's a valid excuse now.
Yesterday, we were happy to let you know that DC Circuit Judge Emmet Sullivan had ordered the US Postal Service to get off its butt and find any undelivered absentee ballots in 12 postal districts, to make sure the ballots were delivered to elections offices in time to be counted. Sullivan was quite clear about that: Certify that all sorting facilities in 13 states had completed "all clear" checks by 3 p.m. Eastern, "to ensure that no ballots have been held up and that any identified ballots are immediately sent out for delivery."
Except, oops, that didn't happen. Instead, the Justice Department, representing the Postal Service, informed Sullivan that USPS had decided to have postal inspectors stick to their regular schedules, so the daily "all clear" checks would be done between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. — after polls closed in some states. DOJ attorney John Robinson explained to the court that actually inspecting the sorting facilities would be haaaaaaard, so the agency just wasn't gonna:
Given the time constraints set by this Court's order, and the fact that Postal Inspectors operate on a nationwide basis, Defendants were unable to accelerate the daily review process to run from 12:30pm to 3:00pm without significantly disrupting preexisting activities on the day of the Election, something which Defendants did not understand the Court to invite or require.
That's some chootspah, there! We didn't think you actually required us to do the thing you specifically ordered us to do, so we didn't.
Check the lunchroom where Larry naps, too. Fuckin' Larry.
DC Circuit Judge Emmet Sullivan this morning ordered the US Postal Service to complete a thorough sweep of sorting facilities in a dozen USPS districts today, to make sure every last absentee ballot possible is delivered to elections officials. That includes facilities in several battleground states like Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Texas, and Pennsylvania. The order applies to states that have seen slow mail delivery in recent weeks.
Courthouse News Service has the deets:
Carried out by the Inspector General's Office for USPS, the process is known as an "all clear." Postal inspectors must go over the facilities where election mail is processing Tuesday afternoon "to ensure that no ballots have been held up and that any identified ballots are immediately sent out for delivery," U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan wrote in a lengthy docket entry this morning.
Wonkette hasn't previously given out awards for Judicial Badass of the Year, but between this and the Michael Flynn case, Judge Sullivan is certainly our top contender.
Because WHY NOT throw out 130,000 legally-cast ballots?
Voter turnout in Texas this year is insane.
As of two days ago, there were already more ballots cast in Texas than were cast in 2016. And I'm not just talking about early voting! Texas has entirely exceeded its 2016 turnout.
One would think that this would be cause for celebration. How great that so many Texans are exercising their constitutional rights! But, of course, there's nothing the GOP loves more than ratfucking. And so, after record turnout all around the state, a bunch of Republican assholes are trying to get 127,000 ballots that were legally cast thrown out.
Dang Emmet Sullivan.
With less than a week to go until Election Day, DC Circuit Judge Emmet Sullivan — whom you may remember as the judge who doesn't suffer fools gladly from the Michael Flynn case — granted an emergency motion by plaintiffs in a vote-by-mail lawsuit. Sullivan ordered the US Postal Service to absolutely positively do everything in its power to deliver ballots in time to meet states' Election Day deadlines. Multiple federal judges, including Sullivan in a separate case, have already ordered the USPS to rescind the "restructuring" rules that Donald Trump's pet Postmaster General Louis DeJoy put in place during the summer, which had caused mail slowdowns, sometimes by weeks.
Sullivan's latest, very specific order is more of a red sharpie underlining those previous orders, with "SEE ME IMMEDIATELY" in the margins.