The contractor in Jefferson City, Kentucky, discovered 112 absentee ballots in a dumpster, triggering a federal investigation. The ballots never arrived at their intended recipients.
“When the investigation is concluded, the case will be presented for federal prosecution to the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” Special Agent Scott Balfour said in a statement.
Balfour said that the ballots had been handed over to the Postal Service so that they could be distributed.
According to Nore Ghibaudy, spokesperson for the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office, voters who have not received absentee ballots by Oct. 28 can vote in person at any polling site if they sign an affidavit stating that they have never received their ballot.
The news comes days after two postal employees in Pennsylvania were charged with federal crimes, as federal prosecutors said heaps of undelivered mail were found in the garbage.