No charges in Pennsylvania discarded-ballots case




  • In World
  • 2021-01-15 19:17:14Z
  • By Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - No criminal charges will be filed against a former temporary elections worker authorities have said mistakenly discarded nine military ballots ahead of the November presidential election, a federal prosecutor announced Friday.

Officials have previously blamed the decision to toss out the ballots on an unidentified and improperly trained contract worker who had been handling mail-in ballots for the county for two days. The ballots were later retrieved from the trash and were counted with other mailed ballots after the Nov. 3 election.

"After a thorough investigation conducted by the FBI and prosecutors from my office, we have determined that there is insufficient evidence to prove criminal intent on the part of the person who discarded the ballots," Acting U.S. Attorney Bruce Brandler, a career prosecutor, said in a news release.

"Therefore, no criminal charges will be filed and the matter is closed," he said.

President Donald Trump repeatedly brought up the nine ballots as he pressed groundless claims of election fraud, including two mentions during the first presidential debate. Brandler's predecessor, Dave Freed, a Trump nominee who recently stepped down ahead of the change in administrations, has said that seven of the ballots were cast for Trump. The other two had been resealed.

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat whose office oversees voting in Pennsylvania, has previously described the discarded ballots as a "bad error" but not a matter of intentional fraud. The Department of State provided training for Luzerne County election workers in the wake of the September incident.

The unidentified worker was fired.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Missouri pastor on leave after derogatory sermon about women,
Missouri pastor on leave after derogatory sermon about women, 'trophy wife' Melania Trump

"Why is it so many times that women, after they get married, let themselves go?" the pastor asked his congregation during his sermon.

How Investors Need To Prepare Now for the First Year of the Biden Administration
How Investors Need To Prepare Now for the First Year of the Biden Administration

Whenever there's a changeover in the presidential administration, it can have major ramifications on the economy and the stock market. Now that President Joe...

How Much Is Former President Donald Trump Worth?
How Much Is Former President Donald Trump Worth?

As of February 2021, Forbes estimates former President Donald Trump's net worth to be $2.5 billion. He now ranks as No. 339 on the 2020 Forbes 400, down 64...

Accountant faces pressure to turn on Trump in criminal probe
Accountant faces pressure to turn on Trump in criminal probe
  • US
  • 2021-03-07 16:53:46Z

When lawyers asked Donald Trump more than a decade ago to identify who estimated values on some of his signature properties, he shrugged and pointed to his...

Mexican camp that was symbol of migrant misery empties out under Biden
Mexican camp that was symbol of migrant misery empties out under Biden
  • US
  • 2021-03-07 15:46:35Z

A sprawling camp in the Mexican city of Matamoros, within sight of the Texan border, has since 2019 been one of the most powerful reminders of the human toll...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: World