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August 18, 2020

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Statement from Boulder County Clerk & Recorder Molly Fitzpatrick on recent USPS reported policy and service changes

“The Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s office is responsible for conducting elections in Boulder County. It is our mission to ensure that our elections are conducted with the guiding values of accessibility, security, efficiency, and integrity.

Our office is fortunate to have the United States Postal Service as a key partner in this effort, and their continued successful operation is key to implementing elections according to these values.

Millions of Americans rely on the Postal Service to deliver their ballot so they can have their voice heard in our democracy. This includes military and overseas voters, those with disabilities, those who simply prefer to vote at home, and, now, those who fear for their lives because of COVID-19.

In Colorado, the Postal Service has been a reliable partner in quickly and efficiently delivering millions of ballots to voters across the state for each election. This includes the June Primary earlier this summer, proving that they can do this even during a pandemic. And while Colorado voters have many options for returning their ballots (by mail, at any one of over 300 drop boxes across the state, or at a Vote Center), the US Postal Service is truly part of our nation’s critical infrastructure in the delivery of these mail ballots.

The US Postal Service has always been a valued partner in our election process, and those we have worked with have always been dedicated public servants committed to our state and our country. Our local election offices work day in and day out with the Postal Service to ensure that ballots are delivered in a timely fashion – oftentimes arriving in a matter of a few days, despite the USPS’s continued operation on a shoestring budget.

That is why any changes that will undermine the current effectiveness or operation of the Post Office must be rebuffed, and which is why today’s announcement of suspending policy changes at the USPS is a welcome sign that our concerns are being heard.

Elections are the cornerstone of our democratic institutions, and any attempt to undermine the Postal Service compromises the integrity of our democracy’s foundation. The USPS must be preserved and supported for them to continue to provide their unparalleled service and partnership in conducting our elections.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will, as always, work closely with our colleagues at USPS to make sure that mail ballots for the November General Election are delivered promptly and without obstacles or unnecessary delays.”

-- Molly Fitzpatrick, Boulder County Clerk & Recorder