(PresidentialWire.com)- 30-year-old DeShawn Bojgere of Louisville, Kentucky, has been charged after allegedly disposing of more than 100 absentee ballots while working for the United States Postal Service. The former mailman was charged with delay or destruction of mail, according to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Kentucky.
The news comes at a time when Republicans are particularly concerned about the integrity of the election as multiple other stories have come to light that involve the illegal disposal of ballots and ballot applications.
The Attorney’s Office said that sometime between October 5 and October 15, Bojgere “discarded a large quantity of mail.”
“The mail, found in a construction dumpster on Galene Drive in Louisville, included approximately 111 general election absentee ballots from the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office being mailed to voters to be filled out,” the press release explained.
The dumped mail also included important letters for residents in the area, including 69 pieces of mixed-class flat rate mail, and 320 second-class pieces of mail. National election campaign flyers from a Florida political party were also among the dumped mail.
The press release also said that an analysis of the mail revealed that it all came from a single route for one delivery day.
Bojgere has reportedly admitted that he discarded the mail, too. According to local newspaper the Louisville Courier-Journal, Bojgere didn’t already have a criminal record, and no assumed motive was listed in the press release.
Several other stories like this have cast doubt on the safety of voting by mail. A report from the Washington Times says that employees of the postal service in Florida and New Jersey were charged this month with blocking the delivery of mail-in ballots, as well as dumping them.
The outlet reported how J. Christian Adams, a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, said that making people vote by mail is a way to disenfranchise voters.
“Ballots get lost, ballots get destroyed, ballots get hidden by postmen,” he said. “The worst thing you can do is decentralize the process.”
Copies of the mail dumped in Kentucky were kept as evidence, with mail being but back into the mail stream for delivery to the intended recipients.
If Bojgere is convicted, he faces a fine of up to $250,000, up to five years in prison, and up to a year of supervised release.