Mail in voter fraud has been a contentious topic, with warnings against the dangers of fraud being met with insistence that these warnings are baseless and without merit. However, if you look beyond your national political news organizations, you see these cases continue to pop up in your local media. You just have to pay attention.
We have already discussed two major ballot harvesting operations – one in Texas that is going through the court system, and one in Minnesota exposed by Project Veritas.
Several more smaller cases have popped up across the country. North Texas publication Denton Record Chronicle reports:
Zul Mirza Mohamed was arrested Tuesday in Carrollton after investigators obtained a search warrant for his residence. Mohamed is currently sitting in the Denton County Jail, charged with 25 counts of unlawful possession of a ballot/ballot envelope without request of the voter — a second-degree felony — and 84 counts of fraudulent use of a mail ballot application — a third-degree felony.
Meanwhile, a USPS worker who was dumping mail, that included official ballots in New Jersey. ABC New York reported:
A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier from Hudson County, New Jersey, was arrested for discarding mail, including 99 general election ballots sent from the County Board of Elections that were intended to be delivered to West Orange residents, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Nicholas Beauchene, 26, of Kearny, is charged by complaint with one count of delay, secretion, or detention of mail and one count of obstruction of mail.
And in a single ballot case, a man has been charged in Florida for requesting a mail in ballot for his late wife, who passed away in 2018. Allegedly he was attempting to test the system amid the current tension on the topic. The Herald-Tribune reports:
A Manatee County man was arrested Thursday and charged with a third-degree felony after he requested a mail ballot for his dead wife because he was “testing the system to see if it worked,” the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports.
The moral of the story here is to not dismiss mail in voter fraud as a myth. The more opportunity for fraud that there is, the more fraud there will be. That is human nature, and applies to virtually everything. So while you watch your national media to try and wrap your head around what is going on in the world, don’t forget to check your local media as well.
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