Police in a city just east of Seattle said Friday that many mail ballots had been stolen from people’s mailboxes and placed or dumped elsewhere.
The post office alerted the Sammamish Police Department “that unopened or incomplete ballots were not properly placed in the outgoing mail bins,” the Sammamish city said on Friday.
Police are also investigating mail bags with ballots in them on the side of the road and in the canals.
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The mail service delivered almost 90% of the Sammamish ballots on Thursday, and the discarded mail was found Friday morning when couriers were delivering other packages.
Police are trying to return the ballots to their intended recipients.
The incident was the latest in a series of unfortunate incidents with ballots in the mail as voters tried to avoid polling places during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Some 112 ballots of mail were found in a dumpster this week in Jefferson, Ky.
A mail worker in New Jersey was arrested earlier this month after 1,875 pieces of mail, including 99 mail ballots, were found in a dumpster there.
Two mail workers were arrested and accused of dumping mail piles this week on Pennsylvania’s critical battlefield state.
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Despite these problems, mail ballots seem safe and free from fraud. According to the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, only 208 out of 1,298 have proven voter fraud opportunities in the past two decades associated with out-of-mail ballots.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.