Michigan election authorities charged with falsifying ballots

Flint Township, Michigan (AP) — Former Michigan Township Secretary and current county election supervisor were charged with ballot falsification in the August 2020 primary.

The Michigan Attorney General’s office said late Friday that Kathy Funk was also charged with illegal activity in the office. Both charges are felony charges that are convicted and punished with imprisonment of up to five years. Funk is facing a complaint in the 67th District Court in Genesee County.

Funk was a Flint Township clerk when authorities claimed she had deliberately broke the seal on the ballot container. Attorney General’s Office.. Michigan law no longer counts votes in containers as expected recounts.

Funk oversaw the August 2020 election in a town about 70 miles (112 km) northwest of Detroit. She is also seeking reelection as her clerk, winning 2,698 votes against her challenger, Manya Triplet, with 2,619 votes. MLive.com-Flint Journal report.She I ran as a Democrat..

Funk later resigned from Flint Township’s secretary and took up the post of Election Supervisor in Genesee County.

Triplet, who was appointed as Township Secretary to replace Funk in November, told MLive-The Flint Journal that he asked for a recount after noticing suspicious activity at the Township Hall on days around the primary after the election. ..

“Election authorities must support the integrity of their position,” Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement Friday. “People who abuse that commitment undermine the very foundation of our democracy.”

The Associated Press was unable to ask Funk for comment on Saturday. Her lawyer told MLive.com-TheFlintJournal that she was expected to enter an acquittal for her indictment.

“She says it’s definitely not true,” lawyer Matthew Norwood said of the accusation.

AP review As a result of fraudulent elections in Michigan and five other fierce battle states, state officials have identified a total of 56 potential cases of fraudulent elections in Michigan. This represents less than 1% of President Joe Biden’s state victory margin.