Lorie Shaull from Washington, United States via Wikimedia Commons

Thousands of ballots appear to have been lost in heavily Republican Butler County, PA., leaving officials confused and working with the U.S. Postal Service to retrieve them, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Friday. 

“Over the last week and a half, the Bureau of Elections has received thousands of calls and emails from voters saying they did not receive their mail-in or absentee ballots,” a statement from the county said. “The postal service is maintaining daily contact with our Elections Bureau and is aware of the situation.”

Estimates on the number of missing ballots run into the tens of thousands. According to published reports, the county Elections Bureau mailed out nearly 40,000 with just about half returned as of Thursday.

A spokesperson for the postal service said in a statement to KDKA-TV, “Regarding mail sorting and delivery in Butler County, the Postal Service is unaware of any significant delays or issues and is in regular contact with the Board of Election as we work to locate and deliver ballots as they are presented to us.”

County officials said they would focus on the challenges of providing voters who may not have received mail-in ballots with other options to vote in the upcoming election rather than spend time on finding the ballots that have apparently gone missing.  They also that all returned ballots would be recorded on the county web site within the next 48 hours so voters should be able to check if their mail-in ballots were received. 

Neighboring Westmoreland County has had similar troubles with ballots this week, the paper said, but numbers are improving. County officials said Friday evening that 52,729 mail-in or absentee ballots have been returned out of the 75,642 that were sent to voters. 

Tuesday was the last day for Pennsylvania voters to apply for an absentee or mail-in ballot. Nonetheless, the paper said, a steady stream of voters visited the Butler County Courthouse Friday afternoon to drop their completed mail-in ballots off in person.

“My wife and I decided to drop them off today because we don’t think it would get in on time if we had mailed them,” Anthony Grossi, of Butler, told the paper. 

Anyone whose ballot is missing may, the county suggested, go to the Bureau of Elections and vote in person. The office will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Or they may vote on Tuesday at their local polling place. 

Peter Roff is a former U.S. News & World Report contributing editor now affiliated with several Washington, D.C. public policy organizations. He appears regularly as a commentator on the One America News network. Reach him by email at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @PeterRoff.

Peter Roff is affiliated with several Washington, D.C. public policy organizations and is a former U.S. News and World Report contributing editor who appears regularly as a commentator on the One America News network. He can be reached by email at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @PeterRoff.


  1. We were assured that the U.S. Postal Service was prepared and capable of handling the deluge of ballots. Anyone with an ounce of brain matter knew that was a fallacy.

    1. Closed out account with Wells Fargo. Check was sent on Oct 2. Today is Nov 2 and I still have not received my check! Sure, trust USPS! ( Reported as ‘missing check’.

        1. Good luck on that. I’ve had several Birthday Cards to never show up at their intended destination. They contained no cash or checks. Was told some postal employees tear open greeting cards hoping to find cash inside. SO NEVER SEND CASH TO ANYONE WITH A GREETING CARD. A $75 check I mailed went missing a few years ago. A postal inspector in Florence SC called me late one night to tell me he found my check in a bin where someone had tried to steal money. I was able to recover the check. Unfortunately USPS has scum on its payroll.

    2. I mailed a check from North Central WV to San Antonio, TX. Thirty-six days later it arrived. That’s less than 44 miles a day – half as fast as the long-defunct Pony Express.

    3. The Postal Service couldn’t find their own asses with both hands and a flashlight. This is what happens when one company has a monopoly, especially a branch of the federal government.

    1. No President Trump will win Pennsylvania. They dont want Oil and Gas fracking stopped! its their livelihood!

    2. …..perhaps the best thing to do is a do over for President, but this time under Federal supervision. Shouldn’t be a problem since the Presidency is a Federal office, the State should have no say.

  2. Again, the lamestream will not consider this “voter fraud”; it’ll be just another “mistake.” That’s their trick to “no voter fraud exists” mantra.

    1. They are not even paying attention to the REAL MASSIVE fraud. That would be all those MAIL IN ballots that went to dead people, people who are comatose in nursing homes, and the 20 million illegal aliens that IL am sure Democrats made sure they got ballots.
      God help us. Now IL will prophesy. IF Biden wins, within three months, those who were responsible for the election being stolen will be DEAD.

    1. A tad over 32 minutes long, but EVERY American who values our Constitutional Republic NEEDS to watch this video!

  3. The very thought of a liberal president is scaring people to the point that they are fearful of losing their jobs at the start of the new year. Biden’s plan for America shuts down millions of jobs in the manufacturing and energy sectors. People are already looking around for other money-making options just in case Biden wins. One company in Florida is already warning its employees that they will lose their jobs unless President Trump wins in November.
    The message went home, as each employee picked up their paychecks after work. The letter inside the envelope was a warning that people should have a backup plan if Biden shows his ugly face in the White House in 2021 because Biden is seeking to shut down millions of jobs around the country on the first day of 2021.

  4. Well surprise surprise. I am shocked that something like this could happen!!! Obviously it would not be Republicans doing this – So it only leaves the pond scum sucking Lefties. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Biden supporters working for the postal service.

    Is it not strange, that over the years when it election time you NEVER heard of missing Democrat mail ins. Makes you think doesn’t it?

  5. USPS – the leading agent of voter suppression. They won’t admit that their employees – all unionized and over 90% Dem-supporting – can get away with anything being on the front line of ballot handling.

    I only hope the voters all check online to see whether their votes were counted, or just go vote tomorrow. If their votes had not been counted, they can vote in person. If already counted, they will not be allowed to vote a second time.

  6. Guess stealing Republican ballots is the new norm in our lawless country. Just ask george soros, the destroyer of nations, or any demoncrat mayor or governor if violating our country’s laws is wrong. The name of their game is the means justifies the end. Or tough guys always win. The meek spineless RINO party leaders have never opposed the cheating by demoncrats for some unknown reason unless it is because they too are communists. Wonder if the United States of America will ever return to being a civilized law abiding country again.

  7. Almost all of any fraud surrounding the 2020 General Election will be between the Mail Box and the Ballot Box. USPS is woefully unequipped to provide the mail-in ballot security needed.

  8. This is the very reason that mail in ballots should be eliminated except in the case of extreme disabilities. Early voting; by reservation, is the better alternative. This would give anyone with a disability, or for some reason not able to go to the poll on election day, the opportunity to vote with no hindrance.
    Mail in voting is just an open door to fraud; lost or changed ballots; and corruption via biased mail deliverers!

  9. My Wife and I ordered absentee Ballots a couple of weeks ago and have yet to receive them. We are in Greenville SC.
    We didn’t want to take any chances so we went in person last Friday to avoid the long lines on November 3rd.
    🇺🇸TRUMP 2020 🇺🇸

  10. This election will certainly become contested with lawyers and all due to the lying, cheating actions of divisive Democrats. Free and fair elections are not in their playbook. Their view of America is one of totalitarianism- one state, one party, hive mind, no freedom- Is that what you want? That’s not the America any of us needs or wants. The Post Office has to come clean on this one..

  11. Is anyone surprised that this happened??? USPS is the worst and notorious for mail delays, lost mail & damaged packages. I REFUSE to mail in my vote and I don’t care if I have to wait in line all day to cast my vote!!! If your mail in vote is “lost” please vote in person this way your vote will be counted.

  12. Whoever is caught with their fingers on the ballots should have those fingers cut off. Once found this persons picture should be posted nationwide. maybe a few people will learn from it!

  13. IF there is a way to steal the election, the Democrats will do it. Our nation may be lost now as the ones responsible in God’s eyes are “THE PEOPLE CALLED BY MY NAME.” That is the Christians, like Lynn Nichols, a preacher who barred me from attending church.

  14. And who believes that the ballot they drop off will actually be counted. This is Pennsylvania. The state where the Attorney General guaranteed that Trump would not win. He could only do THAT if he knew the plans to steal the election.

  15. they were never prepared i wrote White House and called senate and congress about postal service part of demon-crats kkk isis antifa radical muslim terrorist communist party

  16. OF COURSE!! Nah – come on, man! There wasn’t any fraud or cheating! Just millions (a little by voters, but mostly by the corrupt DemocRAT election officials). They’ll rot in hell!

  17. YAY – let’s hear it for mail-in ballots! As long as they exist, the corrupt DemocRATs will NEVER lose an election! Just watch the elections for governor in NY and MI – if Cuomo & Whitmer win, there is DEFINITELY cheating (either by a few voters or mostly by the corrupt DemocRAT election officials, OR, they use Dominion voting machines) because the residents in those two states hate their governors!!

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