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US Postal Service and NAACP Reach Election Mail Agreement

A U.S. Postal Service logo is pictured on a mailbox in the Manhattan borough of New York on August 21, 2020. (Carlo Allegri, Reuters)

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service and the NAACP have reached an agreement to resolve a 2020 election mail lawsuit that the Justice Department says would ensure priority delivery of ballots in future elections.

The USPS agreed for the 2022 Congressional Midterm Elections to take the same extraordinary measures used to deliver ballots in the November 2020 elections. The Postal Service also agreed for elections through 2028 to publicly release guidance documents reflecting its “good faith efforts to prioritize the monitoring and timely delivery of election mail.”

USPS General Counsel Thomas Marshall said the USPS “agreed to continue to prioritize the monitoring and timely delivery of election mail for future elections. This will include education and coordination with election officials and election stakeholders, including the NAACP.”

Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta said, “The right to vote and the ability to vote is a cornerstone of our democracy. The ministry is pleased that we were able to facilitate a resolution that reflects the commitment of all parties to appropriately handling and prioritizing election mail. .”

NAACP Chairman Derrick Johnson said, “No one, including the USPS, should ever interfere with our constitutional rights. With the NAACP’s ability to now monitor USPS performance in elections we will ensure that the right to vote is protected for all citizens, including those who are often repressed.”

The NAACP filed a lawsuit in the summer of 2020 to ensure the timely delivery of mail-in ballots. Multiple courts have ordered the USPS to take extraordinary measures to ensure ballot delivery, especially as record numbers of Americans have chosen to vote by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic,

The USPS reiterated that it “continues to believe that none of the Election Mail’s lawsuits were justified by the facts or supported by applicable law.”

The USPS will provide weekly reports on service performance for the six weeks leading up to the general election.

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