A New Jersey postman was busted for throwing out hundreds of pieces of mail — including almost a hundred election ballots, federal authorities charged Wednesday.
Nicholas Beauchene, 26, whose route included Orange and West Orange, allegedly tossed 1,875 pieces of mail into dumpsters on Oct. 2 and Oct. 5, according to the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
Among the trashed letters were 99 general election ballots headed to residents from the county board of elections — amid fears over mail-in voting dysfunction in the 2020 presidential race
The dumped dispatches also included also included 276 campaign flyers for local board of education and town council officials, along with 627 pieces of first class mail and 873 pieces of standard class mail, the authorities said.
The discarded mail was placed back into the delivery system after investigators made copies to use as evidence in the case.
Beauchene, of Kearny, faces up to five years in prison for charges including delay, secretion, or detention of mail and one count of obstruction of mail.
The case comes after the United States Postal Service’s new postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, made controversial cuts to the agency this past summer — drawing criticism that it would burden postal workers as record numbers of US citizens geared up to vote by mail amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He later suspended some of those cuts until after the election.
President Trump has repeatedly railed against mail-in voting, predicting the system will be a “mess.”
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