Four dozen undelivered ballots found at Homestead post office
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Postal and law enforcement officials are investigating.

Postal and law enforcement officials are investigating after four dozen mail-in ballots were found undelivered at a post office in Florida.

U.S. Postal Service Office investigators said Saturday they found six completed ballots and 42 blank ballots among piles of undelivered mail in a post office near Homestead on the Florida peninsula’s southern tip. Video taken by a postal worker shows they had been sitting there for more than a week.

“The investigation is ongoing and is being closely coordinated with U.S. Postal Service to ensure all delayed mail has been properly handled and delivered,” said Scott Pierce, special agent in charge of the postal service’s inspector general’s office in South Florida, in a statement.

Miami-Dade County elections officials said Saturday that 18 of the affected voters have already cast ballots in person at an early voting site or through a replacement mail-in ballot. The department has received the six completed ballots and is contacting the remaining 24 voters to help them get their ballots returned by the 7 p.m. Tuesday deadline.

“I have requested that all postal distribution centers be audited and any and all ballots that may remain in these centers be immediately transported to the Department of Elections,” Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade’s state attorney, said in a statement.

Postal officials did not immediately respond to an email Saturday asking how the backlog occurred and if anyone is facing discipline. Mark Travers, South Florida president for the National Association of Letter Carriers, told the Miami Herald that he alerted postal service managers more than a week ago about the backlog, but nothing was done.

The investigation was launched Friday after Florida House Minority Leader Kionne McGhee tweeted video taken by a postal worker of the piles of undelivered mail.

“The fight is no longer at the ballot box but at the post box,” McGhee, a Democrat, tweeted Saturday. His district includes the Homestead area.

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6 comments

  • Andy 2

    October 31, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Isn’t voting by mail a wonderful thing? If you can’t drive to the polling place to vote in person, get a ride, or take public transportation. If you don’t care enough or are unable to figure out how to do that, you are not bright enough to vote intelligently. Although these postal employees also bear great blame, the situation would not have arisen were it not for voting by mail.

  • Palmer Tom

    October 31, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    The entire state of Oregon votes by mail. It isn’t a big deal, despite what Trump says,

  • Sonja Fitch

    November 1, 2020 at 7:58 am

    Omg the goptrump cult sociopaths will and are destroying any and all of our American programs for all! From health care to food stamps to ignoring the trumpvirus, these Nazi socialist of the goptrump death cult have to be removed! Vote Democrat up and down ballot!

  • LINDIESUE

    November 1, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    The Heritage Foundation’s election fraud database has been around for four years. With the addition of our latest batch of cases, we are up to 1,285 proven instances of voter fraud. Examples include impersonation fraud at the polls; false voter registrations; duplicate voting; fraudulent absentee ballots; vote buying; illegal assistance and intimidation of voters; ineligible voting, such as by aliens; altering of vote counts; and ballot petition fraud. Millions of mailed ballots have been misdirected or gone missing in prior elections. Electronic signatures are too imprecise and easily duplicated, and should not be accepted. Automatically mailing a ballot to all registered voters is an open invitation to fraud and abuse. Not every new resident at an address throws out the ballot that is still being automatically mailed to a former resident, and third parties may canvass neighborhoods looking for those “extra” ballots—with some being tempted to cast those extra votes. States should ban “vote harvesting” and not allow candidates, party activists, or political consultants who have a stake in the outcome, to collect absentee ballots from voters

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    In a USPS memo, it says mail carriers may have to leave mail behind at distribution centers in order to make it on time to their delivery routes. One aspect of these changes that may be difficult for employees is that – temporarily – we may see mail left behind or mail on the workroom floor or docks…….

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    Puerto Rico forced to partially suspend primary voting because of lack of ballots. Hundreds of frustrated voters who wore the required face masks were turned away from centers across Puerto Rico.

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    The U.S. Justice Department this past week charged former Democratic congressman Michael Myers with stuffing ballot boxes, bribing an elected official, falsifying records, obstructing justice and voting multiple times in federal elections in Philadelphia. Myers was the second official charged in the scheme. Domenick DeMuro, a Democratic ward chairman in that city, admitted in a plea deal that he had “fraudulently stuffed the ballot box by literally standing in a voting booth and voting over and over, as fast as he could, while he thought the coast was clear,” prosecutors said. DeMuro allegedly had a network of clients who paid him significant sums of money to rig elections over several years.

    California voter fraud conviction exposes Skid Row scheme. In February, 62-year-old Norman Hall pled guilty in a scheme to pay money and cigarettes to homeless people on Los Angeles’ Skid Row in exchange for false and forged signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration forms. Hall got a year in jail.

    Illinois let non-citizens register to vote in blunder. In January, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White disclosed in a letter to the Legislature that a “programming error” in a signature pad at driver services facilities led to 574 non-U.S. citizens accidentally being registered as voters. At least one, and perhaps as many as 15, non-citizens may have voted in the 2018 election. White’s office says the problem has been fixed.

    Double voting in Arizona. Last month, Randy Allen Jumper pleaded guilty in Arizona to attempting to vote in two states during the 2016 general election: Arizona and Nevada. He was also charged with falsely signing a statement vowing not to vote in the general election anywhere but Arizona.

    After NPR report that more than 550,000 primary absentee ballots were rejected in 2020, experts urge Americans to make plans to vote early and track ballots.

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  • LINDIESUE

    November 1, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Texas AG has arrested and charged over 200 people for ballot fraud. Turns out all of them involved with the Dems.

  • Andy 2

    November 1, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Excellent comment. Please try to explain it to Ms. Fitch.

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