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Audit: 68,000 political mail items had been unprocessed within the Baltimore facility previous to the primary WTOP

Around 68,000 high-quality political mail items from a candidate were unprocessed in a U.S. postal service in Baltimore for days prior to the June 2 primary, according to a recently published exam.

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Around 68,000 high-quality political mail items from a candidate were unprocessed in a U.S. postal service in Baltimore for days prior to the June 2 primary, according to a recently published exam.

The mail was reportedly received by the Baltimore Processing and Distribution Center on May 12, according to the Postal Services Inspector General's audit, and was not processed for five days.

The 68,000 mail items were classified as "political mail" according to the test, which means that it came from a candidate. The unprocessed mail did not contain any ballot papers.

"As soon as the Baltimore P&DC management discovered the political mail, they immediately processed it for delivery," read the test prepared by the postal service ahead of the November 3rd general election.

The audit determines that the foul occurred despite the Baltimore P&DC certifying it is free of political and electoral mail every day.

The audit comes after weeks of nationwide turmoil over policy changes in the postal service that have reportedly caused delays in the mail.

Some Maryland Democrats said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's restructuring of the Postal Service, which included overtime and the removal of sorting machines, was part of a deliberate attempt to sabotage mail-in voting.

DeJoy has since announced that he will postpone any "long-running operational initiatives" until after the election, and said those initiatives will be with the Postal Service before his June 15 arrival.

"To avoid having an impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until the election is over," DeJoy said in an August 18 statement.

Despite DeJoy's apparent reversal, the Maryland Democrats have vowed to keep pressure on the postal service for speedy mail delivery when the November election is approaching.

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