Temporary contractor threw Trump mail-in ballots in county trash, Pennsylvania officials say

An incident regarding “a small number” of discarded mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania — which has sparked a Department of Justice investigation and drawn the attention of President Donald Trump — appears to be rooted in an administrative error by a temporary contractor working at the Luzerne County Elections Bureau, according to the county manager.

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

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Temporary contractor ‘threw Trump ballots in the trash’ Pennsylvania county officials

A temporary contractor in the battlefield state of Pennsylvania wrongly tossed mail-in ballots for President Donald Trump in the garbage, county officials exposed.

A leading federal district attorney revealed on Thursday that his workplace had actually released an examination into a little number of disposed of mail-in ballots cast in the upcoming 2020 U.S. governmental election.

The event drew the attention of Trump who declared it as evidence that mail-in ballot can not be relied on and was vulnerable to scams.

Luzerne County Elections Bureau declared it originated from an administrative mistake which county officials had actually not understood who the votes were cast for up until it was divulged by the Justice Department previously today.

U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is examining 9 disposed of ballots in the state, 7 of which had choosePresident Donald Trump County officials stated on Friday that the votes were wrongly

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Pedri: Contractor discarded military ballots | News

An independent contractor hired to assist with the general election was responsible for discarding nine military ballots that are now the focus of an FBI investigation, Luzerne County Manager David Pedri said Friday.

The contractor began work sorting mail Sept. 14 and “incorrectly” threw away the ballots, he said. Federal investigators have said the ballots contained seven votes for President Donald Trump and two other ballots whose contents were sealed and remain unknown.

Elections Director Shelby Watchilla discovered the discarded ballots on Sept. 16 and began an internal inquiry, Pedri said.

“The temporary independent contractor was removed from service and informed not to return,” Pedri said.

The statement Friday did not address why the contractor threw the ballots away. Reached for additional comment, Pedri said the reason the person threw the ballots away is an issue for federal investigators to determine.

The ballots being received were military and overseas ballots

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Temporary contractor threw Trump mail-in ballots in trash, Pennsylvania county officials say

The FBI is investigating and Trump has used the incident as a rallying point.

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

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