Trash bags filled with undelivered mail were discovered outside of a postal worker’s Pennsylvania home, according to a report from CNN.
As millions of Americans rely on the United States Postal Service to deliver mail-in ballots during this election season, several cases of undelivered mail being discovered in swing states are causing major concern.
The report explains how special agents from the United States Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General recently responded to reports about trash bags filled with mail being found near the curb. It appears that the bags were left at the side of the road in the hope that garbage pickup would take them away.
The bags were found outside of the home of a postal worker who lives in Baldwin, Pennsylvania.
In a statement, the office explained how the person responsible was an employee at the Mount Oliver post office. As an investigation gets underway, the employee has been put on nonduty status without pay.
“USPS OIG Special Agents recovered several different classes of mail, including business mail, flats, and small amount of first class mail,” Special Agent Scott Balfour told the press.
Once the investigation has finished up, the case may be sent to federal prosecutors if it is determined that the action was taken purposefully. Though it doesn’t exactly look like it was an accident.
There was no word on whether or not the mail contained mail-in ballots, but in such a hotly-contested election, it will undermine confidence in the postal service to reliably deliver mail-in ballots.
It comes just weeks after nine ballots cast for President Donald Trump were discovered discarded in Pennsylvania, one of the most hotly-contested swing states in the country.
Local officials in Pennsylvania say nine military ballots were incorrectly tossed in the trash by a temporary contractor. The mishandling sparked a federal inquiry and allegations from President Trump that Democrats were “trying to steal the election.” pic.twitter.com/WywMv1WTVo
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Another mail carrier in New Jersey was also recently arrested for allegedly throwing away 99 ballots and various other pieces of undelivered mail. Nichola Beauchene now faces several charges, including obstruction of mail and detention of mail, and will face up to five years in prison.