The “small number” of absentee ballots discarded in Pennsylvania was an “administrative error” caused by an independent contractor at the Luzerne County Elections Bureau, local officials said.
Luzerne County Manager David Pedri said in a statement that after he had found out that the worker had discarded the ballots, he had all garbage secured and searched by agents from the FBI, the district attorney’s office, and the Pennsylvania State Police. “All items of concern were taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.”
Pedri said that staff at the elections office was “unaware for whom the ballots” were cast until the Department of Justice announced their investigation into the matter.
The Office of the U.S. Attorney and the FBI’s Scranton Resident Office announced that staff had recovered nine “discarded” military ballots, seven of which were cast for President Trump. The content of
A temporary contractor working in Pennsylvania mistakenly tossed a “small number” of military mail-in ballots cast for President Trump — an incident recently seized on by the White House in a bid to cast doubt on the security of voting by mail in November
“Democrats are playing games, you see that, they, you see they found ballots in a wastepaper basket, they found ballots dumped in a stream,” the President said during an appearance in Atlanta on Friday.
Luzerne County Manager C. David Pedri in a statement also
He also said county officials did not know which candidate was selected on the ballots until the Justice Department publicly disclosed the information earlier this week.
Luzerne County Manager C. David Pedri said in a statement issued Friday that a temporary independent contractor who was assigned to sort mail at the elections bureau “incorrectly discarded into the office trash UMOVA ballots,” which is an acronym for ballots from military and overseas voters. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Pennsylvania said on Thursday that nine ballots had been found in a dumpster next to