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Bipartisan officials rebuke USPS' inaccurate election mailers

September 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Bipartisan election officials are warning residents that a postcard sent to all households by the US Postal Service contains inaccurate information about mail-in voting.

Officials in Utah, Nevada and Maryland on Monday joined Colorado in publicly rebuking the USPS mailers, which were intended to help Americans navigate the vote-by-mail process.

The mailers said voters should "request your mail in ballot. . .

at least 15 days before Election Day. " But that isn't accurate for all states -- especially for the millions of Americans living in the nine states and Washington, DC, that automatically mail ballots to every registered voter.

"You may see a mailer from USPS directing you to request a mail-in/absentee ballot," the tweets said.

"UT voters DO NOT need to request a mail-in/absentee ballot.

Ballots are automatically mailed to all active registered voters starting 21 days prior to Election Day. "

Officials in Maryland, which is not an all-mail state, spoke out Monday to say that the USPS postcard was "inconsistent" with local guidance for how to most effectively cast a mail ballot.

For instance, do not wait until 15 days before Election Day, November 3, to request a mail-in ballot," the statement said.

In a statement Monday, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, a Republican, said the postcard was "well-intended" but contains "an inaccurate reference to a suggested mailing deadline, which could confuse some voters. "

"The postmaster general sent every home in America a mailer instructing all who seek to vote by mail to request a mail-in ballot, sending misinformation and confusing voters in nine states that automatically send out such ballots,," said Connolly, who runs a subcommittee overseeing USPS.

"Our mail-piece provides general, all-purpose guidance on the use of the mail, and not guidance on state election rules," USPS spokesman Dave Partenheimer said.

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