DOJ Directs Pennsylvania County to Change Practices After Discarded Ballots Found

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FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa. Pennsylvania’s highest court on Thursday, Sept. 17, handed victories to the Democratic Party in an election-related lawsuit that sought favorable fixes to glitches and gray areas in the battleground state’s fledgling mail-in voting law. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
BY ZACHARY STIEBER September 25, 2020 The Department of Justice directed the Pennsylvania county where discarded ballots were found to change its practices before the upcoming election. U.S. Attorney David Freed said in a letter to Shelby Watchilla, director of elections for Luzerne County, that the nine discarded ballots all originated with members of the military. Two of the ballots had been recovered by elections staff, reinserted into what appeared to be their appropriate envelopes, and resealed. One was linked to an envelope that was recovered, potentially tying it to a specific voter. The six others were simply removed and discarded, and can’t be attributed to a specific voter. In addition to the military ballots, investigators found four official, b
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