- A US Postal Service worker in Kentucky was terminated after authorities allegedly tried to drop more than 100 absentee ballots.
- According to the Louisville Courier Journal, the employee may also face federal charges after a ballot was found in a dumper.
- The ballots were intended for the Jeffersontown area of Jefferson County, the most populous area in the Commonwealth.
- “This case has been accepted by the US Attorney’s Office for federal prosecution,” Special Agent Scott Balfour wrote in a statement.
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According to the Louisville Courier Journal, a U.S. Postal Service worker in Kentucky who tried to drop more than 100 absentee ballots is no longer with the Postal Service and could face federal charges.
Agents of the US Postal Service Inspector General’s Office, which conducts independent audits and investigations, confirmed to the outlet that a private citizen discovered 112 absentee ballots in a dumper on Thursday. According to the Courier Journal, the ballots, intended for the Jeffersontown area of Jefferson County, were sent earlier in the month by the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office.
The US Postal Service issued a statement, stating that “OIG Special Agents identified the employee responsible for leaving the mail,” adding that “the person is no longer employed with the USPS.”
“This case has been accepted by the US Attorney’s Office for federal prosecution,” Special Agent Scott Balfour wrote in a statement. “They will determine whether the allegations are appropriate after reviewing all the facts in the case.”
None of the ballots were marked or opened and were sent back to the Postal Service to be handed over to residents on Thursday.
Jefferson County, which includes Louisville and has an estimated population of approximately 767,000 people, is the most populous county in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Postal Service has approximately 630,000 employees nationwide.
While such balloting incidents are extremely rare, President Donald Trump has raised concerns about mail-ins and absentee ballots over the past several months, attempting to question the validity of such ballots when many voters are still individuals. Are concerned in voting. Between coronovirus epidemics.
Last month, the White House doubled in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on a case of renunciation of nine military ballots to show that there was widespread voter fraud. According to the Associated Press, however, the ballots were eventually thrown accidentally and there was no intent to defraud.