Trump’s pledge to block post office money amounts to voter suppression, Colorado secretary of state says

President Donald Trump’s comments that he’ll continue blocking money for the U.S. Postal Service amount to voter suppression, said Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, who oversees what is considered the country’s gold standard mail-in ballot system.

“It’s voter suppression to undermine the safest method to vote during a pandemic, and (force) Americans to risk their lives to vote,” Griswold said in a statement.

The tactics are meant to prevent more people from voting by mail, Griswold said. Indeed, Trump has repeatedly said — without evidence or additional details — that he believes mail-in voting in November would result in fraudulent and inaccurate results.

Postmasters around Colorado, however, say they’re ready for the election and don’t anticipate any disruption of the distribution or receipt of ballots in November.

Still, Griswold said the “attack” on the Postal Service makes the use of 24-hour ballot drop boxes all the more important. Those drop boxes are situated in each county and voters can submit their ballots until 7 p.m. on election night.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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