Returned ballot papers where the voter could not be found will be stacked in United States mail containers during the 2020 presidential election in Provo, Utah, United States, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
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Election Day Postal Service failed to deliver a significant percentage of postal ballot papers to multiple states that could determine who would win the presidential contest between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden. This was filed in a federal court on Wednesday.
States where postal delivery of ballot papers is relatively poor include Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, none of which have yet to declare winners in their numbers for Trump and Biden.
The current number of votes in these states shows little margin between the two candidates. The results in these states may depend on the ballots sent in.
A spokesman for the postal service said later on Wednesday: "The assumption that there are unaccounted ballots within the postal service network is imprecise."
"These ballot papers were submitted before the election deadline," said the spokesman.
"We have taken exceptional measures to deliver ballots directly to the local election boards. In this case, these ballots bypass certain processing and do not receive a final scan. Instead, they are sent directly to the election boards. We stay." In close contact with state and local electoral bodies, we currently have no open questions. In addition, the Postal Inspection Service has physically inspected all plants that process ballot papers. "
The postal service on Wednesday informed a federal judge that it had violated its order that postal officials search postal facilities in 12 geographic areas for remaining ballots on Tuesday during the time period set by the judge. The announcement was made prior to the hearing in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
Judge Emmet Sullivan was furious at that hearing about the postal officials' failure to notify him of the failure to conduct the ordered searches on Tuesday, rather than informing him on Wednesday, long after polling stations across the country had closed.
"Someone may have to pay a price for it," said Sullivan, who also said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy may have to testify or be deposed in the case.
"I want you to explain what the hell happened yesterday," Sullivan told Joseph Borson, the Justice Department attorney who represents the postal service on the case. Borson said the facility searches were scheduled after 3:00 p.m. ET Tuesday deadline set by Sullivan and that they could not be rescheduled earlier.
"The postmaster must either be deposed or appear before me and testify under oath why some measures were not taken after the court issued its restraining order," Sullivan said.
"If we should spend time doing it today, I'm not sure if we should, but I won't forget it either."
Kevin Bray, the postal operator in charge of handling the mail in the elections, testified about the voting process when the hearing resumed.
Democratic hopes of winning Florida were dashed on Tuesday, not least because Biden failed to get a huge lead on Trump in the Miami-Dade region, a region in South Florida that is traditionally democratic.
The data, based on scans of ballot envelopes filed in Sulivan's court on Wednesday, suggests that in South Florida only 85.12% of postal ballots were delivered on election day.
Biden is expected to outperform Trump on multiple site mail-in polls. Trump has expressed doubts about the legitimacy of stellar postal and postal ballot papers, where Biden's results threaten his path to an electoral college victory.
In central Pennsylvania, only 61.3% of postal ballots in the postal system were delivered on time, based on the scan data in the court records. In Philadelphia, just over 66% of postal ballot papers had been delivered on election day.
In Atlanta, 82.2% of postal ballot papers were delivered on election day, the court record shows.
The Detroit postal facilities reported fewer than 79% of postal ballot papers delivered that day.
In Greensboro, North Carolina, 72.9% of postal ballots were delivered Tuesday.
And in Lakeland, Wisconsin, a little less than 77% of those ballots were cast.
Correction: The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. A summary in an earlier version had the wrong day.