On Monday, American Oversight sued the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to compel the release of directives, guidance, analyses, and key emails from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and his chief of staff related to voting by mail.
In August, USPS claimed it had no records responsive to American Oversight’s Freedom of Information Act request for any directives or guidance from DeJoy, his predecessor, or the White House related to voting by mail. It also said it had no assessments of USPS’s ability to facilitate the record number of mail-in ballots expected to be mailed in the upcoming election. In July, American Oversight also sent a FOIA request for the emails of DeJoy and his chief of staff containing key terms related to voting by mail; USPS has failed to respond within the time period required by law.
This lawsuit is the latest in American Oversight’s investigation into how the pandemic has impacted USPS, and into whether and to what extent the White House is interfering in the agency’s operations or undermining trust in absentee voting — either on behalf of private industry or to benefit the president’s reelection chances.