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In Luzerne Co., feds investigate issues with mail-in ballots

By: - September 23, 2020 5:02 pm

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(*This developing story will be updated)

Federal officials are investigating a “small number of mail-in” ballots that were sent into Luzerne County’s Bureau of Elections on Sept. 17, according to the local District Attorney’s office.

“The investigation is in its early stages,” according to a press release from the department, “and we are confident that it will be successfully resolved so it will not have an impact on the integrity of the election process.”

Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, and the elections bureau said residents who plan on voting by mail should only send in one application. They also reminded residents that they can track their ballot’s progress through the department of state.

According to the release, the county administration reported the issue to the district attorney’s office at 5:20 p.m., Sept. 17. Officials investigated the situation and contacted the United States attorneys’ office.

On Monday, Salavantis asked the federal officials to take over the investigation with help from detectives.

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Patrick Abdalla
Patrick Abdalla

Correspondent Patrick Abdalla covers northeastern Pennsylvania for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Follow him on Twitter @PaddyAbs.