Thomas Cooper, the mail carrier who had a U.S. Postal Service contract to deliver mail in Virginia’s Pendleton County, pleaded guilty to one count of “Attempt to Defraud the Residents of West Virginia of a Fair Election” and one count of “Injury to the Mail” after altering the party affiliation on at least five absentee ballot request forms.
“In April 2020, the Clerk of Pendleton County received ‘2020 Primary Election COVID-19 Mail-In Absentee Request’ forms from eight voters on which the voter’s party-ballot request appeared to have been altered,” the DOJ announced.
“The investigation found five ballot requests that had been altered from ‘Democrat” to “Republican,'” the DOJ said.
The clerk reportedly knew some of the voters were not Republicans and contacted the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office, which launched the investigation.