Erie, Pa. USPS Insider: “We have to separate out the ballots and give them directly to the supervisors. They're postmarking and they're at the office and taking them directly to the ballot box.”
Erie, Pa. USPS Insider: “I don't think--I wasn't supposed to hear that…I don't even think he realized I was still there; you know…Backdating.”
Erie, Pa. USPS Insider: The order is still on. “Today, Thursday, Nov. 5, we did pick up some ballots.”
James O’Keefe: “This revelation is a shock to every American, who put their trust in the post office this election.”
[ERIE, PA.—Nov. 5, 2020] Project Veritas released an interview with another U.S. Postal Service worker, where the worker described how his leadership here ordered all late ballots to be postmarked for Nov. 3, Election Day.
“All these ballots that were coming in--today, tomorrow, yesterday—are all supposed to be postmarked the third,” said the postal service employee, who works out of the USPS General Mail Facility here.
The Project Veritas Insider said the supervisors are collecting the ballots and making sure they are postmarked.
“They're getting these ballots in and they're getting, they're taking them from us,” he said.
“We have to separate out the ballots and give them directly to the supervisors,” he said. “They're postmarking and they're at the office and taking them directly to the ballot box.”
James O’Keefe, the founder and CEO of Project Veritas, said the Insider’s story lines up with a similar story told by a postal service employee in Traverse City, Michigan.
“This revelation is a shock to every American, who put their trust in the post office this election,” O’Keefe said.
Candidate Donald J. Trump beat former first lady Hillary R. Clinton in Erie County, Pennsylvania by less than 2,000 votes in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump was the first Republican to win the county, since 1984, when President Ronald W. Reagan won his second term.
In the 2020 presidential election, Erie County is again hotly contested by Trump and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Project Veritas Insider: “I wasn’t supposed to hear that.”
The Erie-based postman told O’Keefe he heard about the scheme to back-postmark late ballots accidently.
“A lot of the stuff that's going on behind the scenes, like what I'm talking about them doing at the PO [post office],” he said. “I don't think--I wasn't supposed to hear that--I was one of the last carriers in the building. I don't even think he realized I was still there; you know what I'm saying? Backdating.”
He said he heard about the backdating, as he was preparing his mail for delivery, and he saw the Postmaster Rob Weisenbach with Darrell Locke, one of the supervisors.
“This morning, I was casing my route and I saw the postmaster pull one of our supervisors to the side,” he said. “He was pulling the supervisor, it was - and it was really close to where my case was—so, I was able to hear, listen in and I heard him say to the supervisor that they messed up yesterday.”
The Insider said he was curious about what was messed up.
“He told the supervisor they had postmarked one of the ballots for the fourth, instead of the third, because they were supposed to put them for third,” he said.
Echos of similar back-postmarking of late ballots in Michigan
“We were told that a postal supervisor in Michigan ordered all his mail carriers in their morning huddle to set aside all late ballots for a special bin,” O’Keefe said.
“Those ballots would then be taken to another facility, where they would be hand-postmarked for Nov. 3 and then, expressed to the ballot collection site,” he said.
Insider: Orders to collect late ballots to be stamped Nov. 3 still on
At the Erie site, the Project Veritas Insider there said other workers were upset about the postmarking scheme.
“I've actually talked to some of the others, because we're not--there's a mixture of Republicans-- I'm a libertarian personally--but I've voted for Trump, and there's some conservatives in our office,” he said. “We have some liberals in the office, but a lot of us are sitting there thinking: ‘Why are we still picking up ballots?’”
The mailman said the supervisors and postmasters are coordinating with other postal facilities during their daily conference calls with the district leadership, he said.
Now, two days after the election, the order to continue to pick up ballots still stands, he said.
“They still want us to pick up ballots tomorrow,” he said. “They told us that they had a specific meeting, a safety meeting, where one of the higher ups - Rob and Stephanie basically told us to make sure we pick up the ballots and give them directly to the supervisor.” Stephanie is Weisenbach’s assistant. “Today, Thursday, Nov. 5, we did pick up some ballots.”
The Insider said he saw ballots stacked on a supervisor’s desk.
“There were like four or five sitting on the supervisor's desk, ready to be - go through whatever they were going to do,” he said.
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