Kentucky USPS Worker No Longer Employed After Ballots Found in Dumpster

A U.S. Postal Service worker is no longer employed in Kentucky following an investigation into the discovery of 112 unopened absentee ballots inside a dumpster.

The person “is no longer employed by the USPS,” statement from a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General said, CBS-WKYT reported. “I cannot provide any further details surrounding their employment due to federal privacy concerns.”

The case is now under investigation, according to Special Agent Scott Balfour.

“The case has been accepted for federal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” Balfour wrote in the statement to WKYT. “They will determine what charges are appropriate after a review of all the facts in the case.”

A contractor renovating a home in eastern Jefferson County found the ballots Thursday, news outlets reported. The ballots were intended for voters in the 40299 ZIP code and had not been filled out.

Inspector General special agents also found two political flyers. The ballots and flyers were returned to the Postal Service to be properly delivered, Balfour said in a statement.

Balfour said Friday the individual is no longer employed by the Postal Service. He added “federal privacy concerns preclude me from providing any more details about their employment.”

The case has been turned over to the U.S. attorney’s office, Balfour said.

Such incidents are “exceedingly rare,” Balfour said.

Voters who do not receive an absentee ballot by Oct. 28 can go to any polling site, sign an affidavit saying they did not receive the ballot and vote in person, said Nore Ghibaudy, spokesman for the Jefferson County clerk’s office.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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