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Post Office Bias Claim Blamed On Misunderstanding

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(credit: AP)

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GYPSUM, Colo. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing the Gypsum post office of refusing to renew a post office box rental to a woman because she is Hispanic. The Postal Service says it’s a misunderstanding and is being resolved.

The ACLU alleged Thursday that Griselda Duarte was wrongly told she needed a locally issued ID. The group said Duarte provided a U.S. immigration visa and a Mexican election document with her photo on it.

U.S. Postal Service spokesman Al DeSarro says the document the woman lacked was proof of physical address. He says postal officials are working with the woman and the ACLU to resolve the problem.

The ACLU says Duarte previously rented a post office box using a Mexican election ID. DeSarro says postal regulations might have changed since then.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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