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Don’t trust the mail if you want your vote to count!

‘It could be a wait’: Officials say General Election results could take time

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“If the law doesn’t change, I don’t expect we will see full election results on election night on the 11 o’clock news,” said Randall Wenger. Author: Grace Griffaton (FOX43) Published: 5:39 PM EDT July 29, 2020

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — This November 3 General Election, you could do everything right — aka be registered to vote, make it to the polls or deliver your mail-in ballot on time.

Election officials warn that doesn’t mean you’ll see immediate results election night.

That’s because places are seeing record-setting numbers of mail-in ballot applications. null

In Lancaster County, officials expect upwards of 120,000 mail-in and absentee ballots.

“If the law doesn’t change, I don’t expect we will see full election results on election night on the 11 o’clock news,” explained Randall Wenger, the county’s election director.

It’s a tradition every presidential election. Voters sit glued to their TV’s, where they anxiously await the results. According Wenger, it would take at least 84 people, working at least 12 hours each, and a space large enough for them to be socially distant to make it even remotely possible.

“Just simply, that volume – we don’t have space to run that scale of an operation,” explained Wenger, who anticipates COVID-19 will still be cause for concern and health guidelines in place. “It will take days for counties to have all the mail-in ballots counted.”

Wenger is hopeful House Bill 2626 will pass and allow pre-canvassing to start three weeks before election day. That means mail-in ballots could be counted ahead of time. It also also calls for video recordings of each pre-canvassing session. According to the bill, results would not be disclosed until polls close. Under current law, ballots can’t be counted until after polls open election day.

“It could be a wait,” said FOX43’s Grace Griffaton.

“I think folks should anticipate that,” said Wenger. “Hopefully, they will be pleasantly surprised. Hopefully, our legislators will see fit to let us get these envelopes opened and scanned.”

People can read more about the bill here.  https://d-25233097323456507332.ampproject.net/2007172306003/frame.html

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28 states issue warnings about mysterious seed packets from China

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Janelle GriffithJanelle Griffith is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.

Officials in at least 28 states are urging residents to report any unsolicited packages of seeds that appear to have been sent from China because they could be harmful.

The agricultural departments in those states released statements in recent days saying residents had reported receiving packages of seeds in the mail that they had not ordered.

“Based on information provided by constituents, the packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on them,” the Delaware Department of Agriculture said in a statement Monday. “All contained some sort of seed packet either alone, with jewelry, or another inexpensive item.”The Delaware Department of Agriculture is advising residents not to plant unsolicited seeds purportedly sent from China.Delaware Dept. of Agriculture

Public notices about unsolicited shipments of seeds from China were also issued by agriculture officials in Alabama, Colorado,Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington state, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Some of the seeds have been mailed in white packages displaying Chinese lettering and the words “China Post.” Others, such as those mailed to people in Ohio, have been sent in yellow envelopes.

The U.S. Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and state departments of agriculture to investigate.

The USDA said in a statement it did not have any evidence that this was something other than a “brushing scam,” where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales.

“USDA is currently collecting seed packages from recipients and will test their contents and determine if they contain anything that could be of concern to U.S. agriculture or the environment,” the statement said.

The USDA urged anyone who received the seeds in the mail to contact state plant regulatory officials or Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service officials in their state.

Officials warned people not to plant the seeds.

“If you receive seeds from China, DO NOT PLANT THEM. And don’t throw them in the trash,” Mississippi Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner Andy Gipson said in a statement on his Facebook page.

The Montana Department of Agriculture said in a statement Monday that the seeds have not yet been identified.

“They could be invasive, meaning they may have the potential to introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock,” the statement said.

Steve Cole, director of Clemson University’s Regulatory Services unit in South Carolina, said: “If these seeds should bear invasive species, they may be a threat to our environment and agriculture. We don’t want unknown species planted or thrown out where they may wind up sprouting in a landfill.”

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DEA warns of scammers impersonating DEA employees

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WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration urges its DEA-registered practitioners and members of the public to be cautious of telephone calls by scammers posing as DEA employees attempting to defraud and extort victims. The schemers call the victims, spoofing DEA phone numbers in order to appear legitimate, and threaten arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment for supposed violations of federal drug laws or involvement in drug-trafficking activities unless victims pay a “fine” over the phone, via wire transfer, or through a gift card.

The reported scam tactics continually change but often share many of the same characteristics. Callers use fake names and badge numbers or names of well-known DEA officials and may:

  • use an urgent and aggressive tone, refusing to speak to or leave a message with anyone other than their targeted victim;
  • threaten arrest, prosecution, imprisonment, and, in the case of medical practitioners, revocation of their DEA numbers;
  • demand thousands of dollars via wire transfer or, in some instances, in the form of untraceable gift cards taken over the phone;
  • falsify the number on caller ID to appear as a legitimate DEA phone number;
  • will often ask for personal information, such as social security number or date of birth;
  • reference National Provider Identifier numbers and/or state license numbers when calling a medical practitioner. They also might claim that patients are making accusations against that practitioner.

It is critical to note that DEA personnel do not contact practitioners or members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment; will not request any personal or sensitive information over the phone; and will only notify people of a legitimate investigation or legal action via official letter or in-person.

Impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law.  

The best deterrence against these bad actors is awareness and caution. Anyone receiving this type of call from a person purporting to be with DEA should report that contact using our online form or by calling 877-792-2873. DEA registrants can submit the information through “Extortion Scam Online Reporting” posted on the DEA Diversion Control Division’s website, www.DEADiversion.usdoj.gov.

Reporting these scam calls will help DEA stop, find, and arrest the criminals engaged in this fraud. Anyone with urgent concerns can call their local DEA field division. For contact information for DEA field divisions, visit https://www.dea.gov/domestic-divisions

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