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Authorities release photos of mail, including ballots, found in ditch last year

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Posted at 2:46 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 15:53:13-05

GREENVILLE (NBC 26) — Newly released photos show scattered mail, which included absentee ballots, that was found in a ditch last year before the election.

Three trays of mail were found by the side of a road and in a ditch in Greenville, Wisconsin, in mid-September 2020. News that ballots were found among the mail caused a stir, even then-President Trump made a reference to it during the 2020 presidential campaign.

The state's elections officer later said no Wisconsin ballots were in the lost mail. At the time, Meagan Wolfe, administrator for the Wisconsin Elections Commission, said she did not know if ballots from another state were in the mail.

One of the photos released Friday appears to show a ballot from Minnesota on the ground among the found mail.

The Outagamie County Sheriff's Office, which released the photos to NBC 26 upon request, didn't wish to comment further on the investigation into the found mail, only to say the investigation is ongoing. According to previous reports, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is investigating.