Federal authorities say nine military ballots, two cast for President Donald Trump, were found discarded in Pennsylvania.
"At this point we can confirm that a small number of military ballots were discarded," the Department of Justice said in a statement. "Some of those ballots can be attributed to specific voters and some cannot."
Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis asked the DOJ and FBI to open an investigation into the discarded ballots Monday following reports of “potential issues with a small number of mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Board of Elections,” said the DOJ.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly blasted mail-in voting as rife with fraud, but many U.S. states are encouraging the practice to keep voters safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said at a news conference Thursday when he was asked whether he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.”
The five states that already have mail-in balloting have had time to ramp up their systems, while four states newly adopting it — California, New Jersey, Nevada and Vermont — have not. Washington, D.C., is also newly adopting it.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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