Colorado threatens legal action against USPS on pre-election mailers


Colorado Secretary of State Jenna Griswold (D) is threatening to sue the US Postal Service over pre-election mailers the agency has sent nationally that could potentially confuse voters.

Mailers include general information about mail-in voting and encouraging voters to request mail-in ballots and submit them with sufficient time. Colorado is one of the five states in the US that conducts elections primarily by mail, with all registered voters having to send a ballot in order to vote.

“Mailer incorrectly asks that voters request a mail ballot 15 days before the election and return their ballots by mail at least seven days before the election,” Griswold said in a statement.

“In Colorado, every registered voter is sent a ballot without request and voters are urged that the ballot papers be returned by post seven days before the election,” he said.

According to Griswold, the post office did not delay or send mailers to Colorado.

“Combining the importance of this election, in the midst of a national pandemic, with the fact, increases the need to provide collodons with correct voting information,” Griswold said. “That’s why I’m filing a lawsuit against the USPS to stop this mailer and help Colorado voters from this misinformation.”

The agency said that the post office has already distributed these postmen.

“The Postal Service recognizes that every state requires a voter to receive a ballot by post for the November election,” the agency said in a statement to The Hill. “The Postal Service’s guidance remains that individuals need to understand their state regulations and deadlines and plan ahead.”

In the approach of the November presidential election, some have raised concerns about the post office’s ability to deliver mail on time as mail increases in the midst of an epidemic.

This year, more than 1 million ballots were distributed late during the state primaries An August report by the Postal Service Office of the Inspector General.

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