Examples: [Collected via e-mail, October 2012]
Origins: This item about a plane crash in Afghanistan destroying absentee ballots for U.S. military personnel began circulating in October 2012, with the suggestion that such an accident's befalling the ballots of a group that supposedly votes heavily in favor of one candidate was too "coincidental" to be believed.
The Associated Press did report that a transport plane whose cargo included mail for U.S. troops, including some absentee ballots, crashed at Shindand Air Base in western Afghanistan on
- It has not yet been verified whether any of the absentee ballots carried on that plane were destroyed.
- The absentee ballots carried on that plane were blank ones waiting to be distributed, not already-cast votes being returned for counting.
- If necessary, the affected states should have sufficient time to redistribute new ballots to replace any destroyed ones.
A top official in the Federal Voting Assistance Program this week notified election officials across the nation that a transport plane crashed at Shindad [sic] Air Base on
The crash resulted in the destruction of 4,700 pounds of mail inbound to troops serving in the area.
Federal officials in their email to state election offices said they did not know if any ballots were destroyed. They also said the lost mail was limited to one zip code.
But they recommended that election officials resend a new ballot to anyone who requested one since the first ballot may have been destroyed in the crash and fire.
Associated Press. "Crash May Have Destroyed Absentee Ballots." Army Times. 26 October 2012.