A New Jersey mail carrier has pleaded guilty to a single count of desertion of mails, the Washington Examiner reports, after he was found to have “discarded” some 2,000 pieces of mail, including dozens of ballots, ahead of the 2020 election.
Nicholas Beauchene, who worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, reportedly admitted that he threw out large batches of mail on three separate dates in September and October of last year.
Among the discarded mail pieces were at least 99 general election ballots, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of New Jersey.
In their statement, cited by the Examiner, the U.S. attorney’s office said the tossed mail included “627 pieces of first-class mail, 873 pieces of standard class mail, two pieces of certified mail, 99 general election ballots destined for residents in West Orange, and 276 campaign flyers from local candidates for West Orange Town Council and Board of Education.”
Mail carrier faces jail time
According to the Examiner, the mail was eventually delivered after being discovered by law enforcement officials.
Beauchene, for his part, will appear in court for sentencing on Sept. 21.
The 26-year-old could face a maximum penalty of up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Democrats continue to deny truth
The development comes as Democrats continue to claim that fraud is negligible in America’s elections. But if it can happen in New Jersey, it could happen anywhere — and of course, Beauchene isn’t the only person who has been caught dumping ballots.
Back in October, ballots were stolen and dumped in California, the Examiner noted, raising serious questions about the security of mail-in voting in the state. Another batch of tossed ballots was later discovered by authorities in Pennsylvania.
There doesn’t appear to be any evidence of a political motive in this latest case out of New Jersey, but ultimately, the damage to the credibility of America’s elections has already been done.
Now, it’s time for legislators to start coming up with actual solutions — and the GOP seems to be leading the charge.
While Democrats continue to deny the truth, Republicans in states like Texas are pushing hard on new legislation meant to increase election security and give voters peace of mind going into the 2022 midterms and beyond. It’s about time.