Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) threatens to sue the US Postal Service for pre-election mailers that the agency sent out nationally that could potentially confuse voters.
The mailers contain general information about mail-in voting and encourage voters to request mail-in votes and submit them in a timely manner. Colorado is one of five states in the United States that conduct predominantly postal elections and send ballots to all registered voters without the voter having to request it.
“The mailer incorrectly asks voters to request a postal ballot 15 days before the election and to return their ballot paper at least seven days before the election by post.”
“In Colorado, every registered voter receives a ballot without having to submit an application, and voters are encouraged to return the ballot by mail earlier than seven days before the election,” she added.
I just found out that @USPS is sending this postcard to every household and mailbox in the nation. For states like Colorado, where we send ballots out to all voters, the information is not only confusing, but FALSE. (Thread) pic.twitter.com/RoTTeJRJVl
– Jena Griswold (@JenaGriswold), September 12, 2020
According to Griswold, the Post refused to postpone or not send the mailers in Colorado.
“The importance of this election coupled with the fact that it is taking place amid a national pandemic increases the need to provide Coloradan’s correct voting information,” Griswold said. “So I’m filing a lawsuit against the USPS to shut down this mailer and protect Colorado voters from this misinformation.”
Swiss Post has already delivered most of these mailers, the agency said.
“The Postal Service recognizes that not every state requires voters to request a ballot in order to receive one in the mail for the November election,” the agency said in a statement to The Hill. “The Postal Service continues to assume that individuals need to understand and plan ahead of their state’s rules and deadlines.”
In the run-up to the November presidential election, some have raised concerns about the Post’s ability to deliver postal ballot papers on time, as postal voting becomes increasingly popular amid the pandemic.
More than 1 million ballots were belatedly cast during the state primary this year an August report from the Inspector General’s Postal Service.
Updated at 3:33 p.m.