Election offices across the country have reportedly received voter envelopes through the mail laced with a suspicious “white powder.”
Some of the envelopes have tested positive for fentanyl, according to authorities.
The letter included a warning message that appeared to be from the violent far-left group Antifa.
The incidents have led to the evacuation of several election offices, including a key battleground state, causing delays in ballot counting.
The letters were sent to election offices in Georgia, Nevada, California, Oregon, and Washington.
However, some were reportedly “intercepted” before reaching their destinations.
The FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service both confirmed that four of the letters contained fentanyl.
Four county election offices in Washington State were evacuated over the incidents, the Seattle Times reported.
The officer first raised the alarm on Tuesday after workers received envelopes containing a mysterious “white powder.”
Alarmingly, tests revealed that the substance in two of these offices was fentanyl.
The incident occurred as election workers were processing ballots.
The affected counties include King, Skagit, Spokane, and Pierce.
The Pierce County auditor’s office in Tacoma, Washington, was one of the first to report receiving such an envelope postmarked in Portland, Oregon.
The letter accompanying the powder carried a disturbing message: “End elections now.
“Stop giving power to the right that they don’t have.
“We are in charge now and there is no more need for them.”
“Also be aware your ballot drops are very susceptible to noxious chemicals like am/bl,” the letter warns.
“They are unsafe to the public. Just saying.”
The letters have featured symbols associated with Antifa, a transgender/Black Lives Matter/Pride flag, and a Satanic pentagram.
EXCLUSIVE: Pierce County Elections confirmed that this is the letter it received yesterday that prompted the emergency response.
It had a white powdery substance on it and the building was evacuated pic.twitter.com/74vmT7pTk4
— Ari Hoffman (@thehoffather) November 9, 2023
“The offices in Spokane and King counties received envelopes with traces of fentanyl,” according to the Seattle Times.
“No employees were harmed by the substance.
“Fentanyl cannot cause overdoses from contact.
“No staffers appeared to become ill, said King County Elections spokesperson Halei Watkins, but hazmat crews and law enforcement cleared the office.
“The investigation in King County was turned over to the FBI,” the outlet noted.
“At the Pierce County Elections Office, an elections worker found an envelope that dispersed a white powdery substance.
“It was later found to be baking soda.
“The explosives disposal unit and the Spokane Fire Department hazmat team responded to and evacuated the Spokane County Elections office after, again, a piece of mail with powder was opened around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
“The employee who opened it was not harmed.”
In Snohomish County, elections officials did not open the envelope and turned it over to the FBI.
They told The Everett Herald that the piece of mail matched the description of suspicious mail received by other counties this week.
Steve Hobbs, a former state senator from Lake Stevens and the current Secretary of State, blasted the incidents as an attack against America’s elections.
Hobbs referred to the attacks as “acts of terrorism to threaten our elections,” the Associated Press reported.
Another targeted office was Fulton County in Georgia.
The county is a crucial voting jurisdiction in presidential elections.
Officials have now sent naloxone, an overdose-reversal drug, to the office as a precaution.
In a statement, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger blasted these acts as “domestic terrorism.”
“This is domestic terrorism, and it needs to be condemned by anyone that holds elected office and anyone that wants to hold elective office anywhere in America,” said Raffensperger, WABE reported.
Federal authorities discovered that a fifth letter was addressed to the Fulton County Elections Office in Fairburn, and they alerted Georgia authorities.
“It’s still in transit. It hasn’t arrived yet,” Raffensperger said at a press conference on Thursday.
“We’re trying to intercept it before it gets here.”
Raffensperger said the Fulton County Elections Office is prepared in case the letter arrives there.
The preparation includes staff members taking training on naloxone, the spray known as NARCAN that treats opioid overdoses.
Raffensperger’s office put out a notice about the incident to all 159 counties across the state.
In California, two suspicious envelopes were intercepted en route to election facilities in Los Angeles and Sacramento.
Similarly, in Lane County, Oregon, a piece of mail prompted the closure of the local election office and delayed ballot pickups.
The implications of these incidents extend beyond the immediate threat to public health and safety.
The delay in vote counting caused by these evacuations has the potential to compromise the integrity of the votes.
Meanwhile, the FBI has not yet revealed whether it is investigating Antifa over the incidents.