Nicholas Beauchene, a 26-year-old postman from New Jersey is facing up to five years in prison for intentionally throwing away 99 general election ballots, as well as hundreds of other pieces of mail.
According to federal officials, Beauchene poured 1,875 pieces of mail into dumpsters on October 2 and October 5. The 99 ballots were being sent to residents in Orange and West Orange, New Jersey.
The breakdown of the discarded pieces included:
- 873 pieces of standard class mail
- 627 pieces of first class mail
- 276 campaign flyers
- 99 ballots
Authorities made copies of each piece to use as evidence before placing all the discarded pieces back into the system to be delivered.
Beauchene faces charges of delay, secretion, obstruction, and detention of mail.
🔦 The incident adds fuel to speculation raised by the Trump campaign and others that the increased role of mail-in voting will prove unreliable and unfair.