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Boston City Councilors Say Postal Worker Threw Mail-In Ballots Away

BOSTON (CBS) – Two Boston City Councilors said they've received complaints from residents who have not yet received the ballots they need to vote in Tuesday's election.

Some said they've been told a postal worker threw them away rather than deliver them.

Councilors Ed Flynn and Michael Flaherty said the allegations have been reported to election officials and to postal investigators. Neither group has confirmed an investigation.

Flaherty said a substitute mail carrier was caught tossing ballots, affecting as many as 200 voters in Ward 6, which is South Boston.

"Hopefully, this is an isolated incident with respect to Ward 6," Flaherty said. "With one rogue letter carrier that was dumping mail-in ballots in the trash."

Residents who have requested a ballot and not received it will have to vote in person on Tuesday, creating problems for those who may have trouble getting to the polls.

"I know many of those that requested a ballot are seniors, persons with disabilities and veterans. It is outrageous for anyone to intentionally disenfranchise someone's right to cast their ballot. Every person counts and every vote matters. We respect our veterans, seniors and persons with disabilities in South Boston and I find this criminal conduct outrageous,"Flynn said.

Voters can also track their ballots on the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website.


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