A former USPS worker could face federal charges after more than 100 absentee ballots were found amid a pile of discarded USPS mail in a dumpster Thursday.
A statement from a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General said the person is no longer employed by the USPS but no other details surrounding their employment are available due to federal privacy concerns.
Special Agent Scott Balfour wrote in the statement Friday the case has been accepted for federal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and they will determine what charges are appropriate after a review of all the facts in the case.
Balfour had said Thursday the 112 ballots and two political advertisements already were returned to the USPS and were being delivered to customers on Thursday.
He also said the discarded mail was intended for delivery in the Jeffersontown area, the 40299 zip code in particular.
Jefferson County Clerk’s Office spokesman Nore Ghibaudy said the discarded ballots were sent out October 3 and should have only taken 3 to 4 days to arrive. As of Friday morning, election workers had issued more than 173,000 absentee ballots with only around 1,000 left to mail out.
In a Louisville Rotary meeting Thursday, Secretary of State Michael Adams highlighted Kentucky’s general election plan and recommend tracking absentee ballots on govoteky.com.
Adams said all of the ballot envelopes have bar codes on the way out and on the way back in that enables you to check and see where your ballot is in the process.
If you requested an absentee ballot that does not arrive by October 28th, you can always cancel it and vote in person.