More Mail-In Voting Trouble in New Jersey, as Mailman Arrested for Throwing out Mail

Election workers Mark Bezanson, left, and Julie Olson dump ballots collected earlier in the day from drop boxes onto a table for sorting at the King County Elections office, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Renton, Wash. Voters in Washington all vote only by mail. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

 

As the time is ticking down to the election, we keep hearing more and more questionable stories about problems with mail-in voting.

We’ve already heard about horror stories including the mail, including ballots found in a ditch, and over 100,000 people in New York getting the wrong ballot envelopes with different names on them.

But New Jersey, which had fraud and mail-in problems in the 2020 primary, just had a report now of another problem related to the general election.

According to the NY Post, a postal service worker just got busted for throwing out mail into dumpsters on October 2 and October 5 in Bergen County, NJ.

Turns out that there weren’t just letters being tossed. Among the 1,875 pieces of mail were 99 general election ballots,which were supposed to be sent to residents, but ended up in the trash in North Arlington. The mail was supposed to go to Orange and West Orange, NJ. There were also camping flyers for local council and board of education seats that were thrown out.

Fortunately they were able to recover the mail and send it out to where it was supposed to go, according to CBS News.

“I said, man, this thing is soaking wet. It must’ve been out in water, in pond or something,” West Orange resident Julian Williams said.

Williams’ election ballot was among the discarded. He said he received his two days later.

“I couldn’t believe it. I thought that the security as far as the mail system and stuff like that was better than that. I didn’t think anybody would take something and throw it by a dumpster or anything like that, especially since it’s from the government,” Williams said.

But this is similar to the case being investigated in Wisconsin, where three trays of mail, including absentee ballots, ended up in a ditch there, in a swing state whose voters could prove crucial in the upcoming election.

It makes one ask: how many times has this happened, what’s going on here, and is this part of a much broader issue?

The postal worker accused of doing the dumping in New Jersey, Nicholas Beauchene, 26, was arrested and charged with delay, secretion or detention of mail and one count of obstruction of mail. He could face up to five years in prison, if convicted.