Civilian Voters Across Queens Receive Military Mail-In Ballots

City councilman says incident heightens voter fraud concerns

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September 28, 2020

Residents across Queens reported receiving military-use mail in ballots for the 2020 presidential election despite not having served in the military, the New York Post reported Monday. 

New York City councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D.) told the Post he’s already received around a dozen phone calls about the incident.

"It appears that everyone has gotten this particular ballot," resulting in "mass confusion," Bramer said. "People were already not trusting this process and they were already not trusting the Board of Elections to count the ballot right."

The incident only heightens voter fraud concerns in a year when millions of voters will cast their ballots by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic. CNN reported Friday that voters have already requested 28 million mail-in ballots and that 43 million voters will likely receive the ballots automatically.

While many mainstream media outlets have deemed mail-in voter fraud a hoax propagated by President Trump, this election season has already seen fraudulent voting practices and other errors.

In one Brooklyn primary, the Board of Elections found one in four ballots to be invalidA Pennsylvania district attorney is reviewing a case in which an election worker improperly threw out nine military ballots. And Georgia state officials are investigating a case in which 1,000 voters allegedly voted twice.