Pre-election mailers, to inform Americans about voting by mail, advise voters to request a vote-by-mail ballot at least 15 days before Election Day and return official ballots at least seven days before Give. However, those guidelines do not align with Colorado’s election policies.
“These false statements will confuse Colorado voters, otherwise causing otherwise qualified voters to believe incorrectly that they cannot participate in the upcoming election. This attempt at voter suppression violates United States Constitution and federal laws And should be stopped immediately, ”the complaint. Filed in Colorado State Secretary Jenna Grisold and Federal District Court States.
The lawsuit calls for a temporary restraining order to stop the delivery of mailers that have not yet been delivered.
Colorado voters “believe that some voters in limited areas of Colorado may have received this official notice, or may receive it on Saturday, September 12.”
Voters in the District of Columbia – who will conduct their general election by mail with Colorado and eight states and automatically send ballots to voters when they become available – have already started receiving mailers.
Griswold first asked the USPS not to send voters in his state pre-election mailers because it would not cause confusion. In a Friday tweet, Griswold also said that the state secretaries had asked Dejoy to preview the mailing, but they refused.
Griswold said, “Secretaries of state asked @USPS Postmaster General Dejoy to review a format before it was sent to voters to ensure accuracy. But he refused. Now millions of postcards containing misinformation Are being printed and sent to voters, ”Griswold said.
In a Saturday statement, Griswold said previous attempts to prevent the USPS from sending mailers were not successful. “My office told the USPS officials to delay or not send the mailer to Colorado, but they refused to do it,” she said, adding that the suit is an attempt to prevent misinformation.
“Combining the importance of this election, in the midst of a national epidemic, with this fact, increases the need for colordans to provide accurate voting information,” she said.
The USPS pushed back against Griswold’s claim following a backlash on Saturday, saying the mailers are meant to help Americans understand the overall mail-in in the voting process.
USPS spokesman Dave Partenheimer told CNN on Saturday that “the mail-piece – which has already been delivered to most homes and will reach every American residential mailing and PO box address in the coming week – is simple for voters in A set of recommendations is included throughout the country, regardless of where they live and where they vote. ”
“The main message of Mail-Peace is that voters should plan ahead, educate themselves about the voting options available in their jurisdiction, and, if they choose to vote by mail, they get their vote. To give enough time to do, complete and return. ”She said.
Elections are run by state and local governments, as outlined in the Constitution, and it is not common for the federal government to send election information to all Americans.
Marshall Cohen of CNN contributed to this report.