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.