A West Virginia postal carrier pleaded guilty to altering mail-in absentee ballots.
Thomas Cooper attempted election fraud and injury to the mail. Cooper was charged after eight mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots had their party affiliations altered.
Cooper, held a postal contract to pick up mail in the three towns. An investigation by the secretary of state’s office found five of the ballot requests were changed from Democrat to Republican.
Bennie Cogar, an attorney general’s office investigator who conducted the probe said that the Pendleton County clerk called some of the voters after receiving the requests because she knew they were not Republicans.
Cooper admitted that he changed some of the requests from Democrat to Republican.
Absentee ballot applications were mailed to all registered voters in West Virginia in a bid to encourage mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
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