Multiple reports of vote-by-mail ballot delivery issues by the U.S. Postal Service have caught the attention of Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson).
“I have been disturbed by the reports from some of our local post offices,” Pascrell told the New Jersey Globe. “If Americans cannot have full trust in the fairness and legitimacy of their electoral process, then the entire foundation beneath our nation will be in peril.”
Federal and state law enforcement officials are investigating allegations of voter fraud in last month’s all-VBM Paterson City Council election.
Some photographic evidence shows postal workers left batches of mail-in ballots in public areas of apartment buildings instead of placing them in individual mailboxes, unwittingly aiding the illegal harvesting of VBM ballots.
In the 2nd Ward council race, where the incumbent leads by just one vote, two ballots postmarked on Election Day were not counted because the post office took weeks to deliver them. Since both of those voters told the New Jersey Globe that they voted for the challenger, the uncounted ballots appear to have influenced the final results of the local election.
Pascrell, a self-proclaimed “unstinting supporter” of the postal service, said his office is in constant contact with postal officials to fix problems in advance of New Jersey’s July 7 primary election.
“This year, New Jersey’s post offices are shouldering a heavy burden for carrying out our state elections,” the 12-term congressman said. “I remain optimistic that USPS and its dedicated workforce will be prepared.”
According to Pascrell, the ability of the post office to succeed depends on Congress.
“It has now been 34 days since the House passed $25 billion in support to keep the post office alive during this pandemic,” Pascrell said. “The McConnell Senate needs to get off its rear end and pass it immediately. That dereliction is threatening critical services across our state, the future of USPS, and fair elections in New Jersey and across America.”