U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin are urging the U.S. Postal Service inspector general to investigate “irregularities” in the delivery of absentee ballots for the state’s spring election.
In a letter addressed to USPS IG Tammy Whitcomb, the pair said mail played an “outsized role” in the April 7 election due to a surge in absentee ballot requests over the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Unfortunately, there have been numerous accounts from the state that USPS failed to fulfill that critical function for some voters,” the letter read. “It is critical that you quickly identify what has gone wrong and propose solutions that USPS can swiftly implement.”
The letter then cited reports of tubs full of absentee ballots meant for Appleton and Oshkosh that turned up in a Milwaukee processing center after the polls had already closed and the ballots were obsolete, as well as reports from the Village of Fox Point that USPS returned “multiple batches” of ballots without an explanation.
Read the letter here.