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Post Office Investigating Claim Employees Were Ordered To Backdate Late Ballots

The United State Postal Service says it is investigating a claim, made by a conservative nonprofit, that postal employees in Traverse City were told to backdate postmarks on absentee ballot envelopes arriving a day after the election .

That would be a violation of state election law.

“The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General has learned of this matter and are looking into it,” USPS spokeswoman Agapi Doulaveris said in an email to Michigan Capitol Confidential. “We have no additional information at this time.”

The claim was made by Project Veritas.

The anonymous source claimed to  be a post office employee in a Nov. 4 interview with Project Veritas and stated ballots received on Nov. 4, the day after the 2020 election, had been time-stamped with a Nov. 3 date, making them eligible to be counted.

The anonymous source said employees were told to handstamp the envelopes. The individual making the claim did not appear on camera and spoke with a digitally altered voice.

Project Veritas released a second video on Nov. 5, claiming that a similar scheme occurred in a Pennsylvania post office.

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