Messenger: U.S. Postal Service

Candidate: None

Contest: none

Affiliation: U

Date delivered: Sept. 12, 2020

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Message type: mailer

Message tone: informative

About the message:

The U.S. Postal Service sent a mailing with advice about voting by mail that is now the subject of a lawsuit by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold because it includes information that is inaccurate in Colorado. 

Voters in Colorado DON'T have to request a ballot to receive one in the mail. If they're an active registered voter, they'll receive a ballot automatically. The mailer suggests otherwise. You may check your registration information at GoVoteColorado.

Griswold's office also recomends returning your ballot in person the final eight days before Nov. 3, unlike the USPS mailer. 

The mailing apparently went to all 161 million delivery points in the United States at what appears to be the lowest direct mail postage rate of 16.4 cents each, the mailing costs would be more than $26 million. That doesn't include the costs to design and print the mailer. 

About the messenger:

The U.S. Postal Service is a government agency that recently sent mailers to everyone in the United States about voting by mail.

The messenger's money:

The U.S. Postal Service relies on revenues generated from services for its funding.