The postal voting crisis continues in the United States in an election marked by record use of this modality. A new postal worker is facing federal charges for allegedly eliminating hundreds of ballots in the state of Kentucky.
The postal voting system has been questioned for months, especially by Republicans and President Trump, due to the system’s fragility in handling logistics for receiving and counting ballots.
There have been repeated complaints about post offices and employees eliminating ballots.
According to information accessed by Fox News, the latest case was in Kentucky when a Postal Service employee was accused Tuesday of discarding a large amount of mail sometime between Oct. 5 and 15.
The discarded mail was later found in a construction dumpster on Galene Drive in Louisville and included approximately 111 absentee ballots, which were mailed to voters for completion.
The defendant, a 30-year-old employee named DeShawn Bojgere, was charged with delaying or destroying mail, a federal crime under 18 U.S. Code 1703. According to Postal Service special agents, Bojgere admitted to being responsible for disposing of the mail.
If convicted, Bojgere may face up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and one year of supervision upon release if jailed.
On Monday in Massachusetts, Boston police and the FBI announced that they have arrested a 39-year-old man on charges of setting fire to a ballot box outside the Boston Public Library’s main campus.
The accused was clearly visible on security cameras.
As reported by The Post, in California on the weekend of Oct. 18, another mailbox caught fire in Los Angeles County, and authorities opened an investigation into the event that occurred outside the Baldwin Park Library. But authorities have not identified any suspects so far.
In Pennsylvania, two Pittsburgh-area U.S. postal employees also face federal charges after piles of undelivered mail were discovered in the trash earlier this month, Fox News announced, according to data obtained by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania on Oct. 14.
Fox News, alarmed by the threat of a crisis regarding the postal voting system, decided to test the Postal Service by sending 500 envelopes for the 2020 elections from more than 50 different locations, all bound for New York.
More than 2 percent never reached their destination (for more than a month now). It is estimated that more than 32 million votes will be cast by mail in this election. If this same percentage of ballots that do not arrive at their destination is respected, we are talking about the votes of more than 640,000 people who would not be counted, even though they may never know that their right to vote was violated.
The Nov. 3 election promises to be the largest mail ballot in the country’s history. Although there was always the possibility of voting by mail, this mechanism was never used massively.
With the CCP Virus excuse, the Democrats have conducted a strong campaign promoting absentee voting, arguing that people should avoid public spaces and contact with other people.
On the contrary, the Republicans, with President Trump at their head, warn of the danger of fraud that exists with the mail voting modality. With the U.S. postal system increasingly in disrepair, it is expected that it will collapse quickly and control and security systems will fail in the face of excessive demand.