Court delivers victory to help stop USPS delays in Election Day mail
A local congressional candidate is celebrating a win, even though Election Day is still weeks away.
On Monday, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York mandated that all election mail be treated as priority or first class. It also rules that all worker overtime near Election Day be pre-approved plus other steps that will ensure on-time delivery of ballots.
That decision was based on a lawsuit filed by Mondaire Jones and more than a dozen other local politicians last month.
Jones isn't even officially a politician yet. He's the Democratic candidate for the 17th Congressional District to replace the retiring Rep. Nita Lowey.
Jones says this is a win for everyone. "People of all political backgrounds understand we are better as a country when everyone's voice is heard. when everyone's voice is counted. when we can come together after an election and say you know what, the candidates who got the most votes are appropriately the candidates elected to office."
Last week, a federal judge in the state of Washington issued a similar order linked to a separate lawsuit.