Federal judge orders USPS to impose temporary ban to stop sending election mailers with ‘false statement’

Unless extended by court, the temporary ban order remains in effect through September 22, the filings show.

“Temporary ban ordered. USPS should stop sending misinformation to Colorado voters,” Colorado Secretary of State Jenna Griswold, Tweeted Saturday evening. A Democrat, Griswold, filed a lawsuit on Saturday and called for a temporary ban order to halt the delivery of mailers that have not yet been delivered.

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.

The lawsuit pointed to false statements requiring voters to state that they need to make a request in Colorado, when that is not the case. The state asked the mailer’s portion to send voters to their ballots seven days in advance, when Colorado voters have the option of returning their ballots in person on election day.

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Griswold told CNN’s Frederica Whitfield in a “newsroom” on Sunday that he thinks mailers are “suspicious” based on President Donald Trump’s ongoing fight against widespread mail-in voting in the 2020 election.

“It could very well have started in a good place – making sure voters are confident in using the mail for voting – but I think that’s when we see a pattern of voter suppression in presidential use The office tried to suppress voters, I think it is questionable, ”she said.

Griswold also said that despite the temporary victory on Saturday, the state would continue with its underlying lawsuit against the mailers.

“We have an underlying lawsuit, where we’re saying never send postcards. So either way, you know, we’ll make sure Colorado voters understand the right information, but I think the post office’s Notices were not sent to Colorado when we asked them on Friday, ”she said.

The defendants – United States Postal Service, Postmaster General Louis Dejoy, Denver, Colorado, Regional Postmaster Summer Reid, Albuquerque, and New Mexico Regional Postmaster Chris Yazzie – have been ordered by the court to record all notices sent to Colorado . On the morning of 17 September.

Judge William J. Martinez said in court documents filed Saturday evening, “This accounting, at least, includes the number of notices mailed to Colorado Postal Patrons that have been broken by the first three digits of the destination US Postal Service zip code . ”

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.”

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.

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.

This story has been updated with additional comments from Colorado State Secretary Jenna Grisold.

CNN’s Devan Cole, Kelly Maina, Leslie Perot and Kristen Holmes contributed to this report.