DOJ: No charges will be filed in case over discarded Pennsylvania ballots

DOJ: No charges will be filed in case over discarded Pennsylvania ballots
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) said Friday that it will not be pressing charges against a former temporary elections worker in Pennsylvania who threw out nine military ballots in the Keystone State before November’s presidential election.

While Republicans had seized on the case in Luzerne County as an example of what they said was widespread voter fraud that cost President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE a second term, prosecutors said they found insufficient evidence to determine any criminal intent contributed to the worker discarding the ballots.

“After a thorough investigation conducted by the FBI and prosecutors from my office, we have determined that there is insufficient evidence to prove criminal intent on the part of the person who discarded the ballots,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bruce Brandler. “Therefore, no criminal charges will be filed and the matter is closed.”


The DOJ’s investigation was sparked following a request by the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office after it learned the ballots were discarded.

The unidentified worker has been fired, and their mistake was chalked up as a “bad error” without malintent by Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar (D).

Trump won Luzerne County by more than 22,000 votes. It was ultimately found that seven of the nine discarded ballots had been cast for the president. 

Pennsylvania was a top swing state in November’s presidential race. Trump’s campaign and Republican allies launched a series of lawsuits to overturn the results after President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE won there, though virtually all of them were tossed out for lack of standing or evidence.