Colorado seeks to block USPS voting mailer it says is misleading

Washington voters urged to ignore absentee ballot suggestions from Postal Service postcard | Bellingham Herald

Colorado on Saturday sued the US Postal Service and its postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, seeking to prevent the mailing of official notices to all Colorado residents that the state says contain false and misleading statements about voting in the November election.

"Voters in Washington do not need to request a ballot, as ballots are automatically mailed to all registered voters at least 18 days prior to Election Day", Wyman said in the statement.

Colorado is one of a handful of states that preemptively mails their ballots to registered voters by default and asks them to return them by mail or drop them off in approved locations, making a ballot request unnecessary.

"The Postal Service recognizes that not every state requires a voter to request a ballot in order to obtain one by mail for the November election". Meanwhile, ballot-return envelopes have pre-paid postage in Washington, but the mailers also tell voters to add stamps to their return envelopes if needed.

"That is why I am filing a lawsuit against the USPS to cease this mailer and help shield Colorado voters from this misinformation".

Griswold said in a statement that she first learned just two days ago that the postcards would be sent to households across the US, and voters have already begun receiving them in the mail.

Washington voters urged to ignore absentee ballot suggestions from Postal Service postcard | Bellingham Herald

"These false statements will confuse Colorado voters, likely causing otherwise-eligible voters to wrongly believe that they may not participate in the upcoming election", reads the complaint (pdf), which was filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. "I will do everything in my power to stop @USPS from sending misinformation to voters".

According to Griswold, what may have begun as a "well-intentioned effort" by the mail service has been marred by "refusal" from postal officials to heed the recommendations of election experts.

The lawsuit cites a national pre-election postcard that the Postal Service is planning on sending to every USA household.

DeJoy, a former logistics executive and major GOP donor, has been the subject of controversy because of his lack of experience as a postal worker and changes at the USPS since he took over the top job in June.

A spokeswoman for the Washington Secretary of State's office, which has a representative on the Washington State Postal Taskforce, said that committee of USPS and election officials never discussed the postcard.



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