Backdating Mail-in Ballots
A number of U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employees have provided sworn affidavits that they were directed to back-date ballots with postmarks set to the previous day, November 3, to make it appear that the ballots were postmarked on time.
The Washington Times reported that Mr. Richard Hopkins, a 32-year-old Marine veteran and the postal worker from Erie, Pennsylvania, “told Project Veritas on Nov 5, 2020, that he heard his supervisors talking about backdating ballots received after the Nov. 3 deadline, and later signed an affidavit that was forwarded to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham.”
Mr. Hopkins was later interrogated by a Federal agent for hours who tried to coerce him into signing an affidavit recanting his claims. The two-hour audio recording of the interrogation was released by Project Veritas. On November 10, 2020, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee and the Washington Post accused Mr. Hopkins of making up his allegations. Hours later, Mr. Hopkins denied their claim, saying in a video post: “I am here to say that I did not recant my statements. That did not happen. That is not what happened.” Mr. Hopkins has been suspended without pay from his job. He said that his employer, the Erie Post Office, “has already been threatening my employment and trying to silence me. I am scared for myself, my family, and those closest to me.”
At a press conference hosted by the Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society on December 1, 2020, former U.S. Postal Service subcontractor Ethan Pease claimed that USPS workers were ordered to backdate ballots received too late so that they could be lawfully counted.
Pease testified how a senior USPS employee told him on November 4, 2020, that 100,000 ballots were missing, and his post office had dispatched employees to search for the missing ballots at 4 a.m. and only recovered seven or eight at UMS.
“Based on my previous experience and habit of double-checking for ballots, I believe that to be a lie,” he explained.
Pease went on to detail a conversation he had with another USPS employee the following day, who admitted that USPS employees were “ordered to backdate ballots that were received too late to be lawfully counted.”
Mr. Peace also gave the same testimony at the Wisconsin state legislature hearing on Dec. 11.
Another USPS employee in Traverse City, Michigan told Project Veritas that his supervisor also instructed them on Nov. 4 to collect any ballots they could find in mailboxes and collection boxes, and separate them at the end of the day so that they could hand stamp them with the previous day’s date.
Though both Michigan and Wisconsin law requires that all mail-in ballots be received by 8 pm on election day, that cannot rule out the possibility of ballots that arrived late being counted. Multiple witnesses testified at a Michigan Senate Oversight Committee Hearing on Dec. 1, 2020, that a large batch (up to 50,000) of ballots arrived at the TCF Center in Detroit around 3:30 am on Nov. 4, “with no chain of custody, no accountability, and no transparency.”