A number of military ballots cast for President Trump were recovered after a federal investigation was opened regarding mail in ballots in Luzerne County in Pennsylvania.
U.S. Attorney’s office for the Middle district of Pennsylvania said Thursday September 24 in a statement:
On Monday, September 21, 2020, at the request of Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, the Office of the United States Attorney along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Scranton Resident Office, began an inquiry into reports of potential issues with a small number of mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Board of Elections.
Since Monday, FBI personnel working together with the Pennsylvania State Police have conducted numerous interviews and recovered and reviewed certain physical evidence. Election officials in Luzerne County have been cooperative. At this point we can confirm that a small number of military ballots were discarded. Investigators have recovered nine ballots at this time. Some of those ballots can be attributed to specific voters and some cannot. All nine ballots were cast for presidential candidate Donald Trump.
This is coming on the heels of other discoveries such as the invenstigation of trays of mail discovered in a ditch in Greenville Wisconsin as stated by the Outagamie County Sheriffs office. Stating the trays were found near Appleton International Airport. A USPS spokesman confirmed on Fox 11 news that the mail included absentee ballots.
This has led to an investigation into the situation into the situation and talk of the broader issue of mail in voting and it’s security.
President Trump has warned of the possibility of voter fraud associated with widespread voting by mail, he has supported absentee ballots for those unable to get to the polls or with such things as medical conditions.
Judge Victor Marrero has ordered the Postal Service to prioritize election mail.
“The right to vote is too vital a value in our democracy to be left in a state of suspense in the minds of voters weeks before a presidential election, raising doubts as to whether their votes will ultimately be counted,” stated U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero.