On Tuesday the Postmaster General released a statement saying that retail hours at post offices will not change, mail-processing equipment and public-collection boxes will not be removed, processing facilities will stay open, and overtime will be approved, at least until Election Day.
Louise DeJoy said in a statement, "The Postal Service is ready today to handle whatever volume of election mail it receives this fall. Even with the challenges of keeping our employees and customers safe and healthy as they operate amid a pandemic, we will deliver the nation's election mail on time and within our well-established service standards. The American public should know that this is our number one priority between now and election day."
DeJoy's change of heart comes as he and the agency were under incredible pressure from Congress and some states over the changes he implemented since taking over in June that were blamed for mail delays.
The Postmaster General's announcement came just as 20 states were threatening lawsuits against him and the USPS in an effort to undo cutbacks at the agency.
Some of the plaintiffs in a suit filed Tuesday include Washington state, Colorado, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Virginia, just to name a few.
Bob Ferguson, Washington Attorney General, said in a news release, "We rely on the Postal Service for our Social Security benefits, prescriptions, and exercising our right to vote. Our coalition will fight to protect the Postal Service and uphold the rule of law in federal court."
In another lawsuit involving Pennsylvania, California, Delaware, and North Carolina, they argue that the Postal Service violated the law by making changes without the approval of the Postal Regulatory Commission and those changes would halt those state's efforts to run free and fair elections.
On Saturday the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a bill that would reverse changes made at the Postal Service and Governmental Affairs Committee.