A mail truck in Morris Township caught fire on Saturday and some vote-by-mail ballots being delivered to voters were destroyed, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
The U.S. Postal Service notified Morris County election officials on Monday morning that an undetermined number of ballots were burned.
These were ballots being delivered to voters and not completed ballots on their way to the Board of Elections, although it’s not immediately clear if the letter carrier picked up any returned ballots prior to the fire.
Election officials are in the process of determining how to send out replacement ballots. It’s not immediately clear if the post office knows exactly which ballots were on the truck.
The postal employee driving the truck was not injured.
Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that the fire occurred on Friday. It was on Saturday in Morris Township and was extinguished by the Hillside Hose Company No. 1.