A postal carrier drives past protesters during a rally against changes to the United States Postal Service, in Newport Beach, Calif., Tuesday, Aug., 18, 2020. Facing mounting public pressure and a crush of state lawsuits, President Donald Trump's new postmaster general announced Tuesday he is halting some operational changes to mail delivery that critics blamed for widespread delays and warned could disrupt the November election.(Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP)
Nevada joined 13 other states suing President Donald Trump on Tuesday to block changes at the U.S. Postal Service, amid fears of problems with mail-in ballots in November.
The multi-state legal effort was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington state, headed by state Attorney General Robert Ferguson there.
It accuses Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major Trump donor, of making illegal operational changes that Nevada Attorney Gen. Aaron Ford said could hurt crucial mail delivery in the Silver State.
The lawsuit focuses on cuts including eliminating staff overtime, altering distribution center operations and removing mail sorting equipment. It alleges the moves will slow handling of critical mail including Social Security checks and medical prescriptions.
DeJoy said Tuesday he'll suspend closures of mail processing facilities, cuts in retail hours and an overtime ban. Ferguson said the lawsuit remains active.
The civil complaint also points to plans to nearly triple rates for election ballot mail, possibly costing states tens of millions of dollars in November.
Trump insists, without foundation, that mail-in voting will lead to widespread fraud in presidential and congressional elections.
The state attorney general in Pennsylvania said Tuesday he also plans to file a federal lawsuit against DeJoy, joined by California, Massachusetts and three other states.