ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Minnesota and several other states have filed a federal lawsuit challenging dramatic operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service that could undermine the state and national election in November. Members of the House People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus issued the following statement in response:
“We applaud Attorney General Ellison for his efforts to protect our democracy and the U.S. Postal Service. The Trump Administration is interfering with postal service operations for political gain. Their intent is to prevent people from voting by forcing Americans to choose between casting a ballot and putting themselves, their loved ones, and their communities at risk.
“In the wake of the passing of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, we must rededicate ourselves to the fight for voting rights. Delaying mail service would further disenfranchise communities of color and low-income Minnesotans. The Trump Administration is trying to suppress our voices, but we will do everything in our power to ensure every eligible voter has the opportunity to participate in our democracy.”
The House People of Color & Indigenous (POCI) Caucus includes Reps. Jamie Becker-Finn (42B), Aisha Gomez (62B), Hodan Hassan (62A), Kaohly Her (64A), Mary Kunesh-Podein (41B), Fue Lee (59A), Alice Mann (56B), Carlos Mariani (65B), Rena Moran (65A), Mohamud Noor (60B), Ruth Richardson (52B), Samantha Vang (40B), Jay Xiong (67B), and Tou Xiong (53A).