More than 1,600 mail-in ballots discovered in ‘mislabeled’ bin – two months after New Jersey primary

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – With numerous media outlets and personalities trying to quell peoples’ concerns over possible caveats with mail-in ballots, reports of over 1,600 ballots discovered months after a primary election in New Jersey is likely not going to help alleviate concerns.

Apparently, officials from the Board of Elections recently discovered 1,666 ballots that were found in what was described as a “mislabeled bin” that was within a “secure area’ at the board office.”

These ballots stemmed from Sussex County in relation to the July 7th primary, according to Board of Elections Administrator Marge McCabe.

The ballots, which were found on September 10th, were said to have not been able to alter the outcome of any of the elections that transpired during the primary after being recently accounted for.

Yet, even after discovering these ballots nearly two months after the July 7th primary, the board claims to feel “confident” that all the votes have been since been counted:

“The Board of Elections is confident that all ballots received have been processed and the security of all the ballots has remained in place.”

But with primary results like that of the race between Ed Ramm Jr. and Township Committee incumbent David Hansen gunning for the Republican nomination being a 20 vote difference (with Hansen leading by those 20 votes) – the possibility of missing ballots can certainly create pause.

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Concerns over the enormous shift to mail-in ballots in the era of the pandemic has been riddled with troubling scenarios.

Looking at Glendale, California, an incident involving mail seemingly dumped and discarded has created wavering trust in the U.S. Postal Service.

Here’s our previous report on that story.

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GLENDALE, CA – A strange occurrence transpired recently in Glendale, California where piles of mail were seemingly dumped in two separate locations.

While the USPS is saying that they weren’t the culprits, video evidence was captured of at least one of the sites of the dumping where a rental truck was carrying said mail.

With the ongoing national conversation regarding the reliability of the USPS being able to handle mail-in ballots for the upcoming national election, this incident from September 3rd is not doing anything good for the mail carrier’s image.

Glendale Police Department Sgt. Christian Hauptmann says that the first of the two mail discarding incidents was said to have been reported at approximately 7:00 a.m. within the 1000 block of Allen Avenue.

Just about two hours after that reported incident, police were notified of the second dumping of mail within the 1600 block of Glenoaks Boulevard.

Surveillance video had captured the second incident, which the mail was dumped in a rear alley outside of the 7Q Spa Laser & Aesthetics.

In the video, you can see someone in a large Budget rental truck back into an area, open the sliding back door of the moving truck and start tossing several bags of U.S. mail on the ground and driving off.

One of the owners of the spa, Lilia Serobian, spoke about the incident with a local news crew:

“It happened early in the morning, 5:40, and it was a Budget rental — big truck — that backed up to the parking lot. And they’re like, slowly, one by one, they’re dropping the packages.”

While it is unclear if both discovered piles of mail were dumped by the same truck, the two locations were approximately one mile apart.

Reportedly, Postal Service investigators are currently looking into the matter and actively trying to determine which local post office these pieces of mail may have come from.

Not to mention, they’re also trying to ascertain who it was that rented the truck used in the scandal.

Omar Gonzalez, the Western Regional Coordinator for the American Postal Workers Union, commented on the investigation as well. Gonzalez explained that based upon the bags seen in the surveillance video, it appears that the mail dumped appeared to be bulk mail shipments.

Gonzalez further noted that they reached out to upper management in Glendale regarding the fiasco:

“We talked to the Glendale supervisor and the Glendale manager and asked from where the contractors would have received the bags. That’s when they responded, telling us the Union should not speak about it.”

What’s currently uncertain is whether the mail was intended to be transferred to the Glendale post office or if it was departing from Glendale and scheduled for delivery to the intended recipients.

However, what is certain is that if the mail was intended to be brought to Glendale’s post office for sorting, then it is supposed to be in a USPS truck and taken to a processing center.

But even if it was outgoing mail, Gonzalez still doesn’t know how it managed to get inside of that rental truck:

“If it’s outgoing, we don’t know how it got into the Budget truck.”

Nonetheless, the mail bags have been recovered and will be delivered – albeit with likely delays if there were intended promissory delivery dates, according to Gonzalez. Local police are also assisting with the investigation as well to determine what happened.

Matters like this case, when it pertains to stealing or tampering with mail, falls under 18 U.S. Code § 1708 – which is a federal offense. If someone is convicted under said statute, they could face up to five years in federal prison and suffer fines as well.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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