Dumpster were absentee ballots were found

Officials say a bin of mail was found inside a dumpster in Louisville. The bin contained 112 absentee ballots and two political advertisements. 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A U.S. Postal Service worker is no longer employed there following an investigation into the discovery of 112 unopened absentee ballots inside a dumpster in Kentucky.

A contractor renovating a home in eastern Jefferson County found the ballots Thursday, news outlets reported. The ballots were intended for voters in the 40299 ZIP code and had not been filled out.

Postal Service Office of the Inspector General special agents also found two political flyers. The ballots and flyers were returned to the Postal Service to be properly delivered, Special Agent Scott Balfour said in a statement. Balfour said Friday the individual is no longer employed by the Postal Service. He added “federal privacy concerns preclude me from providing any more details about their employment.”

The case has been turned over to the U.S. attorney’s office, Balfour said. Such incidents are “exceedingly rare,” he said.

Voters who don’t receive an absentee ballot by Oct. 28 can go to any polling site, sign an affidavit saying they did not receive the ballot and vote in person, said Nore Ghibaudy, spokesman for the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office.