US Postal Service probes stacks of mail found next to dumpster in North Arlington
The United States Postal Service is probing stacks of mail, which
included election ballots, that ended up next to a dumpster in North Arlington
The mail was found on Forest
Street, behind a strip mall.
A photo posted on Twitter by political insider David Wildstein
shows the mail scattered on the ground next to a dumpster. It also appears that
some mail-in ballots were among the pieces of mail in the pile.
Wildstein wrote in the tweet, "Hey, @USPS: mail found dumped
in North Arlington -- more than 200 pounds of it, according to the man who
found it -- includes ballots for the upcoming election. The destination for the
mail is West Orange. Man says he reported it to local police. Transparency is
It was reported to police
Friday. The USPS has confirmed that the mail was destined for residents in
West Orange, not North
Arlington. It was unclear how mail that was supposed to be delivered in Essex
County made its way to Bergen County. Postal officials said that the matter has
been referred to the Office of Inspector General in Washington, D.C.
The mail was eventually delivered to the correct recipients
Saturday, but it brings into question the reliability of the Postal Service to
deliver election ballots.
Concerning the mail-in election process, Bergen County Board of
Election Commissioner Rich Miller told News 12, "We expect over
500,000 ballots. When dealing with that much paper, there'll be missteps. We
are trying to safeguard ballots and do the best job possible."
Members of the Board of Elections along with a sheriff's officer
collect every ballot from each of those boxes. Bergen County already has
received 30,000 ballots back from voters. During the July primary, the county
processed just 120 mail-in ballots. Miller also says that every borough hall in
Bergen County will have secure ballot drop boxes.
Anyone who does not receive their mail-in ballots can get one from
their county clerk. A list of secure ballot drop boxes for the state can be
found on the state's election website.