Postal Service To Scrap Confusing Colorado Mail-In Voting Postcard

The U.S. Postal Service tried to make things easier for voters, but the message wasn't well-received.
Posted at 12:17 PM, Sep 19, 2020

The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to scrap a controversial election mailer in Colorado amid charges that it offered misleading voter instructions.

Because of this year's mail-in ballot surge, the Postal Service sent out the postcard with some general tips on how to vote by mail, with specific information on when to request mail-in ballots and when to return them. But its way of making things easier for voters wasn't exactly well-received.

Secretary of State Jena Griswold sued Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and other Postal Service officials over the mailer, saying it included false statements about mail-in ballots that didn't align with Colorado's election policies. 

The mailer failed to note that Colorado automatically sends ballots to voters and that they can mail them in or personally drop them off on Election Day.

Now after a weeks long legal dispute, the post office will destroy the remaining election mailers. It's also agreed to give Colorado officials the ability to review national media related to voting and its newly launched national voting website.

The legal blow follows a federal judge's ruling Thursday that temporarily blocked DeJoy and the Postal Service from changing any policies or protocols ahead of the presidential election.