Clerk pleads for no contest in 2020 Flint area vote sabotage

FLINT TOWNSHIP, Michigan (AP) — A woman who was a civil servant in a community in Michigan admitted Wednesday that she broke the seal on a ballot box to prevent votes from being recounted in the 2020 election, prosecutors said. said the official.

Kathy Funk, 59, did not contest office misconduct, which is a felony, under an agreement that did not include jail time.

Funk, a Democrat, was the Flint Township Clerk in charge of the 2020 election. She was accused of sabotaging her ballot box after her August primary that year.

Funk won the race with just 79 votes out of about 5,300. No recounting was done.

Attorney General Dana Nessel “will undermine the very foundation of our democracy and be held accountable,” the election official said.

Funk left his township post in 2021 to take on a bigger job as election overseer for Genesee County. She was fired last year.

After the August 2020 election, Funk contacted state police to report a break-in into Flint Township Hall and a broken ballot canister seal. The Flint Journal reports: Citing the police report.

Manya Triplet, who narrowly lost that race, is now a town clerk.