Boston Mail Carrier accused of throwing away ballot papers – NBC Boston

Two Boston City Council members claim that ballots were not delivered and that a number of them were filled out and thrown out by a postal worker a few days before election day.

“We learned about it from voters who called us and said they asked for a post-in vote and they never received it,” said At-large City Councilman Michael Flaherty.

He said he was told that a temporary postman has been suspended and disciplined for allegedly throwing out ballot papers.

Flaherty said the majority of the missing ballots are from District 2, Section 6. And although it is unknown how many requested ballots have not yet been received by voters, he said the constituency told him the ballots have been beaten from by 200 to 250 votes in relation to the preliminary election.

“The post office is aware of this and has rectified it,” he said. “Unfortunately, they have not notified the city. They have an affirmative responsibility to notify every single person and resident on that route, the Secretary of State’s office, as well as the local law enforcement.”

“It’s criminal, it’s ruthless. Men and women have fought for our country and in many cases died for the right of people to vote, “said District 2 City Councilman Ed Flynn, a veteran himself who said many of his constituents are elderly and veterans.

“It’s personal when I see veterans or people with disabilities unable to cast their vote and their vote does not count,” he added.

Attempts to reach the U.S. Postal Service on Saturday were unsuccessful.

Boston police directed calls to the postal inspector.

“The city of Boston’s constituency has not heard from the U.S. Postal Service on this issue,” the constituency said in a statement Saturday. “Boston’s constituency has sent out all polling requests by mail. If voters have not received their ballot papers, the city encourages them to make plans to vote on election day. Voters can also trace their ballots on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website.”

Debra O’Malley, a spokeswoman for the Secretary of State’s office, said the post office confirmed with them that the mail had actually been affected but was restored. They said the item in question was not ballot papers. She said they had not heard from any affected voters confirming that they did not receive ballots.

Flaherty said anyone who requested a post-in ballot and has not yet received it is unlikely to get one in the mail in time for election day and that they should make sure to vote on Tuesday.

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