A U.S. Postal Worker in Kentucky has been fired and is facing charges of trying to dispose of more than 100 missing ballots, local news outlets said.
The USPS Office of Inspector General said an unknown mail worker was “out of work” after ballots were found in the middle of a pile of USPS thrown mail in a trash can on Thursday, according to WKYT.
“The case has been accepted for federal prosecution by the United States Attorney General’s Office,” Special Agent Scott Balfour wrote in a statement. “They will determine what charges apply after a review of all the facts in the case.”;
WKYT reported on Thursday that someone saw a pile of junk mail, which included 112 absentee ballots and two political ads. Ballots should be sent to the Jeffersontown, Ky. Area.
Ballots were returned to the USPS and delivered to customers on Thursday.
Earlier this month, a postal service mail carrier in New Jersey was arrested for disposing of 1,875 pieces of mail, including 99 general election ballots.
Nicholas Beauchene is charged with a number of delays, hiding or withholding mail and a number of mail interruptions. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine for delayed charges, and up to six months in prison and a $ 6,000 fine for obstruction.
Voting in the mail is under intense scrutiny this year, with more Americans casting their ballots by mail due to coronavirus concerns. President TrumpDonald John Trump Michigan court reverses Trump’s unraveled joke joking “he will find a way” to remove Governor DeSantis if he loses in Florida Biden hits Trump’s response to governor’s attempted coup of Michigan: ‘What’s wrong this year?’ more has repeatedly been accused of voting in the mail leading to widespread voter fraud, despite no evidence to support the claim.
The White House highlighted a handful thrown ballot in Pennsylvania in September, but Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar (D) said there was no “intentional fraud” involved.