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Colorado secretary of state defends mail-in voting: ‘Trump is lying’

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Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) said Friday that President Trump “is lying about vote by mail” amid efforts by the administration to discredit the use of mail-in ballots. 

“Colorado has a very clean history of running great elections with vote by mail,” Griswold told CNN. ”We have safeguards in place to make sure we would catch any type of double voting including signature verification, rules about ballot collection and a lot of other safeguards.”

Colorado is one of five states in the country that has conducted universal mail-in elections since before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Many more states have been adjusting their mail-in ballot infrastructure for an expected increase in mail-in voting in the November electionamid the pandemic.  

Griswold added that “vote-by-mail is like wearing a mask. It’s the way that we can save Americans’ lives.”

For months Trump and his allies have said that mail-in voting would open the door for fraud, though there is no evidence to suggest that’s the case. 

Some have worried that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), which has seen a significant decline since the start of the pandemic, might have an issue delivering an increased volume of mail-in ballots.

Trump said Thursday he wasn’t eager to provide the USPS with more money because it could ease mail-in voting.

“They want $25 billion for the post office. Now, they need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said. “Now in the meantime, they aren’t getting there. By the way, those are just two items. But if they don’t get those two items that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting, because they’re not equipped to have it.”

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