As the presidential election draws closer, the topic of mail-in voting gets hotter. Some believe it’s a reliable way to tally votes, while others think it poses a number of serious issues.
President Donald Trump has routinely called out the reliability of absentee balloting, for instance. And many Republicans and Conservatives worry that the system is open to major inaccuracy.
And so long as stories like these keep popping up, right-wing skeptics will continue to have evidence to support their argument.
In New Jersey, a postal worker has been arrested for trashing many pieces of mail. This included nearly one hundred election ballots.
We don’t have any further information concerning the ballots, but we’ve seen examples of lost, misplaced, or miscounted absentee ballots before. And most would say this doesn’t help the situation.
According to the report (via The Daily Caller):
Over 1,800 pieces of mail were retrieved from dumpsters, 99 of which were ballots, according to CBS. Federal prosecutors said 26-year-old Nicholas Beauchene was scheduled to deliver mail in parts of Orange and West Orange, New Jersey, according to CBS.
Nearly 300 campaign flyers promoting candidates for the West Orange Council and the township’s school board were also recovered from local dumpsters, CBS reported.
This is no small matter, either.
Tampering with the mail in any way is a federal offense, and intentionally tossing away 1,800 pieces of mail is grounds for serious punishment.
Right now, Beauchene is facing up to 5 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. While it’s unlikely he’ll receive the max sentence, it’s still a major infringement.
This follows another story, where 1,600 uncounted ballots were found in a “mislabeled” bin during a New Jersey primary.
That’s another mail-in ballot problem in the same state — obviously, it’s unlikely this is limited to New Jersey only, which is why the absentee ballot skeptics continue speaking out.
The integrity of any election must be maintained. If we can’t rely on the voting system, we can’t rely on the results.
And when we’re considering something as critically important as the presidential election, there’s good reason to be concerned.
Voters have to hope everything goes smoothly in November. Otherwise, we could be facing contested election results, no matter what the outcome.
- A New Jersey postal worker was arrested for throwing away over 1,800 pieces of mail.
- This included 99 election ballots and nearly 300 campaign flyers.
- The man now faces a punishment of up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. And the reliability of mail-in voting remains a major issue in 2020.
Source: The Daily Caller