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Citing 'Voter Suppression,' New York Joins Lawsuit Against The Postal Service

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service on Capitol Hill, Monday, Aug. 24, in Washington.

New York has joined 20 states, including Connecticut, in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service and President Trump over policies that could disrupt voting by mail in November.

The suit comes after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was grilled by members of Congress over recent changes that have delayed mail delivery across the country, including the removal of key equipment and reduction of overtime. New York Attorney General Letitia James argues the changes slow the delivery of everything from ballots to prescription medicine, and violate federal regulations, statutes and the Constitution.

“The shutdown is nothing more than a voter suppression tactic, and these efforts to bulldoze our democracy, our economy and our health will not go unchallenged," James said.

DeJoy testified no more changes are coming before the election but he refused to return any equipment removed so far.