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Montana Governor Sues USPS Over Recent Changes To Mail Service

A customer deposits mail into a U.S. Postal Service mail collection box this week in Burbank, Calif.
U.S. Postal Service mail collection boxes

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Sept. 9 sued the U.S. Postal Service and its chief executive for what Bullock calls unlawful actions that have harmed Montanans.

Bullock says policies recently enacted by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy have delayed the flow of mail, including prescriptions, job application materials and replacement farm machine parts. Bullock says the delays will also interfere with Montanans’ ability to vote by mail in the November election.

DeJoy has come under fire in recent weeks for removing mail collection boxes and sorting machines across the U.S., a move that surprised postal workers and lawmakers. Following public concern, including from all three bipartisan members of Montana’s congressional delegation, DeJoy halted the removals until after the November election.

Bullock’s lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Great Falls, says equipment removals and other changes, like altering carrier pickup schedules, particularly impact seniors, rural residents and tribal communities. The complaint says USPS failed to follow proper procedure for policy changes.

USPS didn’t return a request for comment by air time.