[UPDATE 11/4/2022: Officials have confirmed that no ballots were damaged in the mail truck fire detailed below.]
As we inch ever closer to the 2022 midterm elections, our nation is having a rather distinct discussion about the nature of our balloting systems, spurred on in part by the fracas surrounding the 2022 presidential race.
The concerns mostly revolve around the auxiliary voting systems that came to prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic, including absentee voting and the widespread increase of mail-in balloting, and how secure they are.
This week, an inflammatory reminder of the hidden dangers of these voting systems erupted in Georgia.
A mail truck potentially carrying absentee ballots in south Georgia caught fire on Monday.
Photos shared by the Baker County Sheriff’s Office shows the Jeep fully engulfed in flames along a rural roadway about ten miles southwest of Albany.Advertisement - story continues below
The mail carrier was not injured.
Deputies say the Newton Post Office has a list of packages and mail that was being delivered along the route.
Georgia election officials were looking at ways to rectify the situation.
“A USPS truck, according to the election’s director down there, burned to a crisp. So, we’ve already had discussions with them,” said Interim Deputy Secretary of State Gabriel Sterling. “There are 43 outstanding ballots in the county. We’re working with USPS to see if they have images of what might have been on that truck, to reissue them. Worst comes to worst, we’ll reissue the 43 ballots, or the county will reissue the 43 ballots, and first across the line for those voters will be the ballots that are accepted.”
Georgia, which suddenly and somewhat surprisingly became a swing state in 2020, has already seen more than a million early voters during this midterm cycle, leading many to wonder just which way the Peach State is leaning in ’22.