Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a lawsuit against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and the Postal Service this morning in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The filing comes as DeJoy is testifying at an ongoing Senate hearing.
In addition to Pennsylvania, plaintiff states named in the lawsuit include California, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts and North Carolina.
The lawsuit alleges "DeJoy illegally bypassed the Postal Regulatory Commission, and that the impact of mail delays violate the Election and Electors clauses of the Constitution," according to a statement. The plan to file the lawsuit was announced earlier this week.
“After days of confusion from Postmaster General DeJoy, we are filing our suit to protect the Postal Service and make sure every eligible vote counts. As Mr. DeJoy is sworn in to testify in front of Congress, it is clear his words are not enough, we need guarantees,” Shapiro said in a statement. “This isn’t about mailboxes being repainted — this is about real, operational changes that have delayed the mail and are illegal.”