Postal officials said they were not aware of any problems, but Commissioner Aaron Sheasley said the county had received more than 10,000 calls seeking information about ballots that had been requested but not received, and some callers made multiple calls.
Sheasley told CNN: “Something happened somewhere between the post office and the Pittsburgh sorting facility.” “We don’t know what.”
Shesley said Butler County is located north of Pittsburgh and has approximately 150,000 registered voters. He said the county is “withdrawing all stops” to ensure that people affected by the issue can vote. County officials said in a press release on Thursday that they have issued about 40,000 ballots and have returned 21
Marti Johnson, a spokesperson for the United States Postal Service, told CNN that they did not find any problems.
She said: “Regarding mail sorting and delivery in Butler County, the post office was not aware of any major delays or problems, and kept in regular contact with the election committee as we tried to find and deliver the ballots to us.”
Chuck Bugar, chairman of the Pittsburgh U.S. Postal Workers’ Union Chapter, said that “there is no record or indication” that the lost ballots in Butler County have ever been delivered to the postal service.
Bugar told CNN: “There are no votes from the Butler County Election Commission.” “There is no record or indication that they entered the mail stream. Accompanied by paperwork.”
However, Shesley said the investigation showed that many unreceived ballots were originally scheduled to be sent around Columbus Day. He said that officials will continue to investigate the matter and take steps to ensure that no one has asked to vote and that no one is deprived of the right to vote, including setting up a special email address, a call center, and speeding up against people in special circumstances Vote.
Heisley said: “Our current focus is to ensure that everyone affected by this can vote and can vote.”
CNN’s Paul Murphy contributed to this report.