FBI opens investigation after finding nine rejected Trump ballots

Earlier, election commissions were ordered not to reject ballots only on the basis that, in the opinion of an employee of the election commission, the signature on the ballot might not correspond to the sample of the voter’s signature

The FBI and Pennsylvania State Attorney’s Office have launched an investigation into the incident with “a small number” of inappropriately rejected ballots for US President Donald Trump. This was announced on Thursday by the US Department of Justice in a statement posted on its website.

“We can confirm that a small number of ballots sent by the military were wrongfully rejected,” the report says. “So far, the investigators have seized nine ballots. In some cases, it is possible to identify the voter who filled out the ballots, in some cases this could not be done . All ballots were cast for President Donald Trump. “

Last week, the office of the Pennsylvania State Secretary of State, which organizes elections in the state, notified District Election Commissions in writing that they are “required to record the time of receipt of all ballots and how they are received,” and also “to ensure that ballots are kept safe until they are received. counted. ” In addition, as reported by The Hill newspaper, election commissions were ordered not to reject ballots solely on the grounds that, in the opinion of an election commission official, the signature on the ballot might not match the voter’s signature sample.

Requests for mail-order ballots for the upcoming November 3 US general election began in Pennsylvania on Monday last week. As stated on the state election commission website, voters can download a ballot request form from the site 50 days before election day, fill it out, sign and deliver it in person, or mail it to the district election commission. Most states send out early ballots 45 to 18 days before election day.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the mail-order voting method, citing the impossibility of accurately and promptly summing up the election results, as well as the threat of large-scale fraud and falsification of ballots, voting of “dead souls”, as well as persons who do not have the right to participate in elections.

The upcoming November 3 US general election will elect a president and vice president, 35 senators, all 435 members of the House of Representatives, 13 state and territory governors, and local governments. Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joseph Biden are fighting for the presidency. To win, a candidate must secure 270 votes from the Electoral College (out of 538). The number of electors in the college is equal to the total number of members of the Senate (100) and the House of Representatives (435) of the US Congress, in addition, three representatives from the metropolitan Federal District of Columbia have been introduced into it. The inauguration of the new US President will take place on January 20, 2021.