American voters have been expressing their outrage after finally receiving their mail-in ballots for the 2020 election through the post, two years late.
Ballots for voters in Baltimore City, Maryland, have just started arriving this month after a complete failure from the United States Postal Service.
“I received my 2020 General Election ballot on Aug. 6, 2022,” Nick Frisone told WMAR-TV.
He lives in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore.
Many of Frisone’s neighbors said they also received their ballots just recently, WMAR reported.
Frisone said he received a notice on Sept. 29, 2020, informing him that his ballot had gone missing.
The notice assured him that his ballot would be delivered later the same day.
“And then it just never came, so then I had to call the Board of Elections, and then I had to go in person to get a replacement,” Frisone said.
The USPS admitted to losing over 20 ballots in a statement to WMAR.
“Regarding ballots seen in photographs from a customer’s email, the Postal Service discovered a tray of undelivered mail in a Baltimore facility on Friday, Aug. 5,” the statement said.
The USPS also admitted to failing to deliver the ballots for almost two years.
“The tray’s mail was from year 2020 and contained what appeared to be 26 blank ballots mailed from the Baltimore City Board of Election to addresses with a Baltimore ZIP Code,” the statement adds.
“Those mailpieces were delivered Saturday, Aug. 6.”
The statement included an attempt at an apology, but it rang hollow for voters who received their ballots two years too late.
“We deeply regret the late delivery of these mailpieces,” the statement said.
“The Postal Service takes these issues very seriously and is working to help avoid issues like this by going over our processes and procedures with all employees ahead of the general elections.
“The U.S. Postal Service is fully committed to the secure, timely delivery of the nation’s Election Mail.
“We are in close communication with the Baltimore City Election Board and look forward to a successful election in November.”
Baltimore City Election Director Armstead Jones said the USPS did not even contact his office about the mistake.
Instead, he learned about it from some of the voters who received their ballots extremely late.
“It would’ve been nice if they could’ve contacted us, so the voters wouldn’t have been confused,” Jones told WMAR.
He was also dumbfounded that an entire tray of ballots could be lost so easily.
“Individual pieces can be lost, [but] having a tray lost is a little different story,” Jones said.
“It has to be sitting somewhere around somebody and somebody needs to look and see what it is.”
Even in this statement, Jones unwittingly presented an argument against mail-in voting.
He implied individual pieces of mail are lost on a somewhat regular basis, and with something as important as a ballot, this is not a chance Americans should take.
As for Frisone, he said his trust in mail-in voting had been destroyed.
“I mean, if there’s another pandemic, I’ll get a hazmat suit and just go in person,” he said.