A federal judge ordered the U.S. Postal Service to stop sending a notice advising Colorado residents to request mail-in ballots, saying confusion would result because the state automatically mails ballots to voters.
“The notice provides false or misleading information” and residents may wonder if state law has changed and whether their registration has lapsed, U.S. District Judge William Martinez said in a 10-page order issued Sept. 12. Martinez said he was “deeply troubled” by the Postal Service’s conduct as he granted a temporary restraining order and set further proceedings.
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, a Democrat, asked the court to stop the mailing in the state, saying in a Sept. 12 complaint that some voters “will be confused by the false statements by the Postal Service and will not vote in the upcoming elections.”
The lawsuit named the Postal Service and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Republican donor who’s been under criticism from Democrats for mail delays ahead of the November election. Because of the coronavirus pandemic the contest is expected to rely heavily on mail-in ballots, which President Donald Trump has characterized without evidence as vulnerable to fraud.
In Colorado, eight other states and the District of Columbia, voters don’t request ballots because one is mailed to every registered voter, Griswold said ina tweet. “But the@USPS is confusing our voters by telling them to request a ballot,” she said.
Replying to @JenaGriswoldHere in Colorado (and also in CA, DC, HI, NJ, NV, OR, UT, WA, & VT) voters don’t request ballots because a ballot is mailed to every registered voter. But the @USPS is confusing our voters by telling them to request a ballot.4:29 AM · Sep 12, 2020
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