Rural mail carrier enters guilty plea for attempted election fraud

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A mail carrier pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges related to attempts to manipulate absentee voter requests before the June primary election.

Thomas Cooper, of Dry Fork, entered a guilty plea on charges of injury to the mail and attempt to defraud the residents of West Virginia of a fair election.

Cooper, as a rural mail carrier, tampered with five ballot requests by changing forms requesting five Democratic ballots to requests for Republican ballots.

Cooper later told investigators he did it as a joke.

A sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.

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