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U.S. Postmaster General Louis Dejoy. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Six states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Friday, alleging recent changes to the U.S. Postal Service were "unlawful" and designed to impede efforts to conduct "free and fair elections."

Why it matters: DeJoy, an ally of President Trump, has come under scrutiny for implementing cost-saving measures that resulted in widespread delays and prompted fears that the USPS will not be able to handle a surge in mail-in ballots in November's election.

What it says: The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania, alleges that recent USPS "operational and policy changes ... have led to significant delays in mail delivery across the country."

  • "These changes — which include prohibiting late or extra trips by postal workers that are often necessary to keep the mail moving forward in the mail stream; requiring carriers to adhere rigidly to start and stop times regardless of whether all mail for their route has arrived or been delivered; and limiting the use of overtime —were made without due regard to their likely impact on mail service and in violation of the procedural requirements of the Postal Reorganization Act," the lawsuit says.
  • The complaint mentions the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the USPS and the upcoming general election, saying many states "are already seeing record numbers of mail-in ballot requests."
  • "Defendants have abruptly and unlawfully impaired the operation of the postal services and have acted to cast doubt on the Postal Service’s ability to facilitate mail-in voting," the lawsuit, filed by attorneys general in California, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, added.
  • In addition to DeJoy, the suit names the USPS and Robert Duncan, chairman of the USPS Board of Governors, as defendants.

The big picture: The lawsuit is the latest complaint filed against DeJoy.

  • At least 20 states have joined other lawsuits, per CBS.
  • Some complaints also name Trump, who has repeatedly made baseless claims that increased mail-in voting will lead to widespread voter fraud, as a defendant.

The other side: DeJoy told the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Friday that, "There has been no changes to any policies with regard to election mail."

  • "The Postal Service is fully capable and committed to delivering the nation’s election mail fully and on time," he added.
  • "We will scour every plant each night leading up to Election Day.”
  • Earlier this week, DeJoy said he would halt planned USPS changes to "avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail," but he did not commit to reversing the changes that have already been implemented.

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President Trump said Friday that “time will tell” who won the 2020 election, declining to concede the race in his first public remarks since it became clear he’d lost the election to Joe Biden.

What he's saying: "This administration will not be going into a lockdown," Trump said, insisting that so long as he is president there will not be a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. "Hopefully, whatever happens in the future — who knows which administration it will be. I guess time will tell," he added.

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President Trump's campaign said in court Friday that a lawsuit contesting the presidential vote count in Maricopa County, Ariz., was moot, per The Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: It's yet another tacit acknowledgment from the campaign that its attempt to flip states from President-elect Biden to Trump utilizing legal methods is unlikely to be effective.

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Pennsylvania secretary of state says she won't order recount

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Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said on Friday that based on unofficial returns, she will not order a recount or recanvass of ballots cast in the 2020 election, including in the presidential race.

Why it matters: President Trump, who has not publicly conceded to President-elect Joe Biden, continues to litigate election results, including in Pennsylvania.