WV Postal Worker Accused Of Attempted Mail-In Voter Fraud Favoring Republicans
West Virginia postal worker Thomas Cooper has been accused of attempted election fraud after “prosecutors found he amended party preferences on mail-ballot applications.”
According to a report by The Independent:
- The complaint alleges Cooper delivered eight altered ballots to the Pendleton County Courthouse last month.
- Five ballot requests were changed from Democrat to Republican according to a federal affidavit.
- Three other ballots had preferences altered that were not the political party.
West Virginia secretary of state Mac Warner said, “We want everyone to be tuned into the increased opportunities for fraud. Voting absentee makes it easy to vote, but increases opportunities for irregularities and fraud to occur. If you see something, say something.”
Cooper admitted to altering some of the ballot requests, claiming he thought it was a “joke,” according to the affidavit.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that voter fraud is an issue when considering state decisions to send mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump also has repeatedly cited unsubstantiated claims that undocumented immigrants vote in US elections and that this fraud hurts Republicans.