FOX 11 Investigates: Mail found in Greenville ditch


GREENVILLE (WLUK) -- On Monday, "three trays of U.S. mail were found on the side the road and in the ditch line" in Greenville, according to the Outagamie County Sheriff's Office.

A U.S. Postal Service representative confirms "some mail, including absentee ballots" were found.

FOX 11 is still trying to find out how many ballots were found, what municipality they belong to, and whether they were filled out.

"The mail was supposed to be in transit to the post office," the sheriff's office said in a press release.

Greenville Clerk Wendy Helgeson told FOX 11 she hasn't been informed that the ballots were from her municipality. She says the Greenville Post Office told her "it wasn't their office." The Outagamie County clerk told FOX 11 she hasn't been given any information about where the ballots came from.

The Postal Service says the USPS Inspection Service is investigating. We reached out for more information, but got voicemail.

We also reached out through email, and at the time of publication, haven't received any replies.

We submitted two Freedom of Information Act requests. One to the Outagamie County Sheriff's Office, and the other to the Inspection Service. Both requests ask for photos of the mail in the ditch and for the reports.

It could take several days or weeks to get the requests back.

State Senate President Roger Roth, R-Appleton, says he hasn't heard any new information about the ballots, but he's concerned.

"I want the Elections Commission to do a separate investigation, but also to work with the Postal Service. Because these chain of custody issues right now, I wish I could say it was isolated but we saw it happen back in April when there were undelivered ballots. We're seeing it happen now where ballots are found in a ditch," Roth said. "This is an issue of voter integrity right now."

We asked the Wisconsin Elections Commission if it plans to investigate.

"It’s our understanding that this is a USPS matter and they’re investigating it. Our staff and law enforcement have been in contact with USPS," Reid Magney, WEC's public information officer, replied.

Senator Ron Johnson's office has not gotten back to us about the mail.

Senator Tammy Baldwin's office says they are "looking into it" and have reached out to the Inspection Service for more information.

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