The U.S. Postal Service must cease operational changes put in place by its new leader Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a federal court ruled on Thursday.
Stanley Bastian, a judge at the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Washington, granted a preliminary injunction to block DeJoy’s changes ahead of the upcoming election. Washington and 13 other states sued the Postal Service for launching reforms while circumventing its regulatory body, moves they believe risk disenfranchising voters by delaying the delivery of mail-in ballots. Phil Weiser, the attorney general for Colorado, which joined the suit, said the ruling was granted on a nationwide basis.