Colorado, Nevada elections chief accuse USPS of sending out voter disinformation

The top elections officials in Colorado and Nevada, two states which mail ballots to all active registered voters, said the US Postal Service on Saturday is intentionally sending election information on a USPS postcard to Americans which runs counter to the election laws of vote-by-mail states, by telling people they have to request their ballots for the November elections.

“For states like Colorado where we send ballots to all voters, the information is not just confusing, it’s WRONG,” Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold wrote on Twitter.

"These recommendations are not accurate for Nevada voters,” said Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske on Saturday. “Voters who wish to vote by mail do not need to request a mail-in or absentee ballot this year.”

Griswold and Cegavske expressed frustration with a postcard being sent by the Postal Service, which talks about people requesting mail-in or absentee ballots - but Colorado and Nevada are two of nine states which send ballots to registered voters, without any request needed.

Griswold and Cegavske posted a graphic of the postcard from the Postal Service:

Colorado, Utah, Washington State, Oregon, Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Nevada, Vermont, and the District of Columbia will all send ballots directly to active registered voters in 2020 - without a request.

The voters in those states can either mail back the completed ballot, drop it off at county elections offices or at special drop boxes, or take it to a polling place to cast their ballot in person.

Griswold says that’s what makes the Postal Service postcard troubling, is that it will tell voters in those mail ballot states that they should ‘request your mail-in ballot’ - when no such action is needed by voters in those nine states and Washington, D.C.

“Now millions of postcards with misinformation are printed & being mailed to voters,” Griswold added in a post on Twitter.

Jamie Dupree, CMG Washington News Bureau

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