NOTICE: Maryland State Board of Elections Issues Statement on USPS Postcard
Sep 15 2020
"The non-partisan campaign neither encourages nor discourages mail-in voting; rather, it is created to reach and inform all voters about the importance of planning ahead if they plan to vote by mail".
"These false statements will disenfranchise Colorado voters, including its uniform military and overseas voters; mislead them about Colorado's election procedures; infringe Colorado's Constitutional rights to conduct its elections; and interfere with the Secretary of State's ability to oversee Colorado elections", the complaint reads.
Voters can also vote in person if they prefer, as all counties in Nevada are required to have at least one polling location open on Election Day. Otherwise eligible voters will mistakenly believe that they will not be able to participate in the upcoming election.
The suit adds to growing concern over election mailers ahead of November that has led some officials to levy allegations of attempted voter suppression. For states like Colorado where we send ballots to all voters, the information is not just confusing, it's WRONG.
Griswold's lawsuit comes after months of national debate over the role of mailed ballots in the 2020 election.
Those instructions don't account for the variation in state rules: Colorado, for example, does not require individuals to request mail-in ballots because every registered voter automatically receives one.
"The notice, if distributed, will sow confusion amongst voters by delivering a contradictory message", the judge said. USPS is sending mass mailers with voting information. Among the recommendations is to request a mail-in or absentee ballot at least 15 days before Election Day. Democrats have scrutinized President Donald Trump's leadership, accusing him of abusing his power to benefit political ends.
Washington State Director of Elections Lori Augino sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy late Friday, reminding the USPS chief that Washington's county auditors will automatically mail ballots to all registered voters at least 18 days before Election Day.
Griswold said Saturday that she urged the Postal Service not to send out the mailers in Colorado due to the misleading information, but her request was denied. "But he refused. Now millions of postcards with misinformation are printed & being mailed to voters", Griswold said.
The lawsuit asks for a temporary restraining order to stop delivery of mailers that have yet to be delivered.
Officials in Utah, Nevada and Maryland on Monday joined Colorado in publicly rebuking the USPS mailers, which were meant to help Americans navigate the vote-by-mail process.
In response to the suit, the Postal Service said the mailer is a national one that has already been sent to a majority of United States residents and is not meant to be a guide to local election laws governing mail-in voting.