A Kentucky postal worker who trashed over 100 absentee ballots was fired and could face federal charges
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A U.S. Postal Service employee in Kentucky was fired after authorities claimed he tried to discard over 100 postal ballot papers.
The employee can also file charges against the federal government after the ballot papers are found in a dumpster, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.
The ballots were for the Jeffersontown area of Jefferson County, the most populous place in the Commonwealth.
"The case has been taken for law enforcement by the US Attorney General," Special Agent Scott Balfour wrote in a statement.
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A U.S. Postal Service employee in Kentucky who attempted to discard more than 100 postal ballot papers is no longer with the postal service and is subject to federal fees, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.
Agents of the US Postal Service of the Inspector General, which conducts independent audits and investigations, confirmed to the point of sale that a private individual discovered 112 postal ballot papers in a dumpster on Thursday. Ballot papers, destined for the Jeffersontown area of Jefferson County, were mailed from the Jefferson County Clerk's office earlier this month, according to the Courier Journal.
The US Postal Service released a statement that said in part that "OIG Special Agents have identified the person responsible for discarding the mail" and that "the person is no longer employed by the USPS".
"The case has been taken for law enforcement by the US Attorney General," Special Agent Scott Balfour wrote in a statement. "After verifying all the facts, they will determine what fees are appropriate in the case."
None of the ballot papers were found marked or opened and returned to the postal service to be hand delivered to 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 Post employs around 630,000 people nationwide.
While such voting incidents are extremely rare, in recent months President Donald Trump has increased concerns about mail-in and postal votes, seeking to question the validity of such votes at a time when many voters are still concerned about personal Voting are amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Last month the White House doubled the case where nine military votes were dropped in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to show there was widespread electoral fraud. However, it was found that the ballots were accidentally thrown and there was no fraudulent intent, according to the Associated Press.
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