- A U.S. Postal Service official in Kentucky was fired after authorities claimed he was trying to discard over 100 absent ballots.
- The employee may also be subject to federal charges after the ballots were found in a dumpster, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.
- The ballots were intended for the Jeffersontown area of Jefferson County, the most populous locality in the Commonwealth.
- “The case has been accepted for federal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” Special Agent Scott Balfour wrote in a statement.
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Agents from the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, which conducts independent audits and investigations, confirmed to the point of sale that a private citizen discovered 112 absent ballots in a dumpster Thursday. The ballots, intended for the Jeffersontown area of Jefferson County, were sent out by the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office earlier this month, according to the Courier Journal.
The U.S. Postal Service issued a statement saying in part that “OIG Special Agents identified the employee responsible for discarding the mail,” adding that “the person is no longer employed by the USPS.”
“The case has been accepted for federal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” Special Agent Scott Balfour wrote in a statement. “They will decide which charges are appropriate after reviewing all the facts of the case.”
None of the ballot papers were found marked or opened and they were sent back to the post office to be handed over to the residents on Thursday.
Jefferson County, which includes Louisville and has an estimated population of nearly 767,000 people, is the most populous county in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The postal service has approx. 630,000 employees nationwide.
While such voting events remain extremely rare, President Donald Trump has intensified concerns about voting and absenteeism over the past few months, trying to question the validity of such voting at a time when many voters are still concerned about personal voting. in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last month, the White House doubled the case in which nine military ballots were discarded in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to show widespread voter fraud. But it was eventually found that the ballots had been tossed by accident and there was reportedly no intent of fraud, according to the Associated Press.