Bennet, Polis, Griswold, Weiser, López Blast Trump’s Sabotage of Vote-By-Mail and USPS, Point to Colorado as a National Model for Universal Vote-By-Mail

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Denver – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, Governor Jared Polis, Secretary of State Jena Griswold, Attorney General Phil Weiser, and Denver Clerk and Recorder Paul D. López confronted President Donald Trump’s baseless attacks on vote-by-mail and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and pointed to Colorado’s success as a national model. As Trump and his administration withhold funding for USPS to undermine mail-in voting and the 2020 elections, the officials were united in their call to depoliticize voting-by-mail and ensure every Coloradan and American can vote safely this fall.

“President Trump has used a major public health crisis not to unite the country, but to continue his relentless attacks on our democracy. For months, he’s made one false claim after another about mail-in voting, something we helped pioneer in Colorado. Now, he’s publicly admitted to blocking funding for the Postal Service to suppress the vote,” said Bennet. “The discussion about vote-by-mail and the Postal Service should have nothing to do with politics. It should be about how we’re going to look to states like Colorado as an example for how to expand vote-by-mail across the country so that every American can exercise their right to vote safely.”

“Coloradans have known for years that voting by mail is a safe, easy, and secure way to make our voices heard. The pandemic has posed many unique challenges, but it remains critical that Coloradans are able to exercise our constitutional right to vote without risking our health. Colorado has become a model for the rest of the country and I hope to see even more states adopt mail in voting to reduce fraud and provide greater convenience for eligible voters,” said Polis.

“President Trump’s attack of the U.S. Postal Service to undermine vote by mail is deeply concerning. I’m proud to stand with Senator Bennet, Governor Polis, Attorney General Weiser, and Clerk Lopez today in condemning the President’s actions,” said Griswold. “I will not sit idly by as voter suppression grips the nation, and will consider every option available to fight President Trump and Postmaster General DeJoy’s attempts to suppress Americans of their vote.”

“Colorado is committed to protecting the right to vote for its residents and exercising our constitutional obligation to manage the presidential and congressional elections,” said Weiser. “As Attorney General, I will continue working with other states and officials here in Colorado to explore the best avenues to protect the right to vote and to manage effectively our reliable, safe, and easy-to-use vote at home election system.”

“Mail ballots are not a partisan issue, but as the Clerk and Recorder of the county that has gained national recognition for innovation and removing barriers to the ballot box, I can’t in good conscience let the misinformation about mail ballots go unchallenged,” said López. “We stand by our safe and secure mail ballot system and will fight to defend the integrity of our process.”

Colorado is a national leader in vote-by-mail, voter turnout, and election security. This June, Colorado set a record for the highest-ever turnout for a non-presidential primary, with over 99 percent of votes cast using mail-in ballots. According to a Pew Charitable Trust report, Colorado’s election costs decreased 40 percent when it switched to all mail ballots. In 2018, former Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen praised Colorado as a national leader in safeguarding elections.