The Office of the U.S. Attorney and the FBI’s Scranton Resident Office, which began the investigation on Monday at the request of the Luzerne County district attorney, found nine “discarded” military ballots that were all cast for President Trump, the DOJ announced on Thursday. The announcement said that some of the recovered ballots “can be attributed to specific voters and some cannot.”
On Monday, September 21, 2020, at the request of Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, the Office of the United States Attorney along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Scranton Resident Office, began an inquiry into reports of potential issues with a small number of mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Board of Elections.
Since Monday, FBI personnel working together with the Pennsylvania State Police have conducted numerous interviews and recovered and reviewed certain physical evidence. Election officials in Luzerne County have been cooperative. At this point we can confirm that a small number of military ballots were discarded. Investigators have recovered nine ballots at this time. Some of those ballots can be attributed to specific voters and some cannot. All nine ballots were cast for presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Our inquiry remains ongoing and we expect later today to share our up to date findings with officials in Luzerne County. It is the vital duty of government to ensure that every properly cast vote is counted.
The DOJ did not provide details about where the “discarded” ballots were and what specifically happened to them.
The issue of mail-in voting has been a hot subject of debate as the November election comes closer. Given the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats have sought to mail ballots to every voter, while Trump and Republicans have said doing so would be risking the integrity of the election results.
The update on the investigation was around the same time White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany noted during her briefing that the “cast aside” ballots were found in Pennsylvania. She also referenced the report that police in Greenville, Wisconsin, found three trays of mail, which included ballots, in a ditch near Appleton International Airport.
To be certain your vote is being counted, voting in person is the safest and most secure way.