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Officials say independent contractor in Pennsylvania threw away mail-in ballots mostly cast for Trump

Added 09-26-20 06:23:02pm EST - “The "small number" of absentee ballots discarded in Pennsylvania was an "administrative error" caused by an independent contractor at the Luzerne County Elections Bureau, local officials said.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Officials say independent contractor in Pennsylvania threw away mail-in ballots mostly cast for Trump”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The “small number” of absentee ballots discarded in Pennsylvania was an “administrative error” caused by an independent contractor at the Luzerne County Elections Bureau, local officials said.

Luzerne County Manager David Pedri said in a statement that after he had found out that the worker had discarded the ballots, he had all garbage secured and searched by agents from the FBI, the district attorney’s office, and the Pennsylvania State Police. “All items of concern were taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.”

Pedri said that staff at the elections office was “unaware for whom the ballots” were cast until the Department of Justice announced their investigation into the matter.

The Office of the U.S. Attorney and the FBI's Scranton Resident Office announced that staff had recovered nine “discarded” military ballots, seven of which were cast for President Trump. The content of the two other ballots is unknown.

Pedri said the contractor had been working for two days when the mistake was discovered by Luzerne County Elections Director Shelby Watchilla.

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