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Colorado Wins Battle Over USPS Election Flyers

Sep 18, 2020

The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to give Colorado the ability to review national media related to voting procedures and processes ahead of the November election to prevent future voter confusion as part of a settlement with the state. The Postal Service will also destroy remaining mailers that a federal judge previously banned the Postal Service from sending to voters in Colorado. 

In a statement, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold says she is "pleased" with the settlement. 

"Voters deserve accurate election information. I look forward to working with the U.S. Postal Service to ensure every Colorado voter is equipped with the information tye need to successfully participate in the Nov. 3 election," she said.

Griswold had sued the Postal Service last week to stop delivery of the mailers. A judge agreed they could confuse voters and ordered a temporary halt to the mailings, but the Postal Service said it had already delivered 75% of the mailers scheduled to go out in Colorado.

According to the settlement filed with the federal court in Denver, the Postal Service agreed to have the attorney general and secretary of state preview national media materials related to elections, and gave Colorado the right to temporarily block the release of any material that will confuse the state's voters and, if necessary, seek court review. 

The settlement also allows the attorney general and secretary of state the right to improvie the Postal Service's national voting website and, if the Postal Service proposes any changes that will confuse Colorado voters, the state can seek a court review.