The Daily Mail is reporting that mailman Nicholas Beauchene, 26, of Kearny, New Jersey, faced arraignment yesterday afternoon in Newark on charges of delay, secretion or detention of mail, and obstruction of mail after it was discovered that he dumped more than 1,800 pieces of mail – including 99 ballots for the upcoming election – that were intended for households in heavily Democratic areas.
If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Also: A conviction for obstruction of mail carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a $5,000 fine.
In addition to the election ballots for residents in West Orange, prosecutors said 276 campaign flyers from candidates for the West Orange Council and for the school board also were recovered.
Luckily, the recovered mail was remailed and will make it to delivery on time.
This is, I’m sure, the first of many such stories we will be hearing in the next couple of weeks as Republican shenanigans ensue and Republicans continue to try to delegitimize the election results.