According to the US Postal Service data filed in a federal court on Wednesday, a massive number of mail-in ballots from the battleground states were reportedly not delivered to election offices.
About 33.7 percent of mail-in ballots did not arrive in Philadelphia election offices on the national election day. Atlanta recorded 17.9 percent mail-in ballots, and Detroit had 21.1 percent undelivered mail-in ballots to election offices.
According to the data filed, Greensboro, North Carolina, has 27.1 percent undelivered mail-in ballots, while there were 23.3 percent unsent mail-in ballots in Lakeland, Wisconsin.
The data reportedly shows 6.7 percent of mail-in ballots were received in the election offices yet were not processed.
In Washington, D.C., US District Judge Emmet Sullivan court-ordered the US Postal Service to supply information on the incident. Judge Sullivan is hearing lawsuits over the delays of processing mail-in ballots.
Judge Emmet Sullivan has also previously presided over the debated criminal case against Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser. Flynn allegedly lied to FBI agents. Despite the Department of Justice’s request to drop the case, Judge Sullivan willfully refused to let it go.
Justice Department lawyers representing the US Postal Service cautioned in a statement, “the data possesses little to no analytical value and should not be considered a reliable indicator of performance.”
The lawyers argued on the reliability of the information, pointing out that it’s incomplete. They said that breaking the information by dates alters service performance due to substantial daily variations.
The Justice Department lawyers said the percentages reflect only the mail-in ballots that have specific tracking codes. These mail-in ballots are a subset of the total election mail.
Sullivan earlier set a deadline to the US Postal Service, requiring inspectors from the agency to check the postal facilities of mail-in ballots in key swing states. The data was released a day after the US Postal Service did not meet the deadline.