- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Justice Department and FBI are investigating potential mail-in ballot irregularities in Pennsylvania, a crucial swing state for the 2020 presidential election.

On Thursday, the Justice Department said it discovered ballots cast for President Trump in Luzerne County were discarded.

Mr. Trump won the northern Pennsylvania county in 2016, despite it being a Democratic stronghold that voted for Democratic presidential candidates for several decades.

“At this point we can confirm that a small number of military ballots were discarded,” said David Freed, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, in a statement. “Investigators have recovered nine ballots at this time. Some of those ballots can be attributed to specific voters and some cannot. Of the nine ballots that were discarded and then recovered, 7 were cast for presidential candidate Donald Trump. Two of the discarded ballots had been resealed inside their appropriate envelopes by Luzerne elections staff prior to recovery by the FBI and the contents of those 2 ballots are unknown.”

Mr. Freed initially issued a statement saying all nine of the discarded ballots recovered were cast for Mr. Trump before issuing a new statement explaining that two of the ballots’ content remains unknown.

The Justice Department said Thursday it began investigating mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Board of Elections after receiving a request from Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis.

• Ryan Lovelace can be reached at rlovelace@washingtontimes.com.

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