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Democratic clerk calls police on homeowner with display encouraging people to drop mail-in ballots in toilet

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 9/20/2020 Michael Lee
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Police are investigating a Michigan resident who placed a toilet on their front lawn with a sign saying, “Place Mail In Ballots Here."

“It's solicitation of absentee ballots into a container," Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum said. "Our election integrity is not a game. I expect everyone to act appropriately, and this is unacceptable.”

Byrum, a Democrat, said she filed a police report about the display Monday. Police promised to follow up with her after they have spoken to the owner of the home.

The lawn also included a sign in support of recalling Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, and another sign in support of Republican Senate candidate John James.

President Trump has been critical of the push to expand mail-in balloting, something Byrum says is “encouraging people to lose faith in the absentee voting process.”

“This kind of behavior needs to be quashed immediately," she said. "They are making a mockery of our elections. I'm not going to stand idly by and watch it happen.”

Byrum said some local clerks have already received their absentee ballot shipments, meaning it is possible that some voters could place their filled out ballots in the display.

Illegally taking an absentee ballot is a felony under Michigan law, carrying a penalty of up to five years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

On Friday, a Michigan judge ruled that mail-in ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 can be counted if received within two weeks after Election Day. It is expected that over 2 million people may cast absentee ballots in Michigan due to changes in the law.

Tags: News, Campaign 2020, 2020 Elections, Michigan, Voting

Original Author: Michael Lee

Original Location: Democratic clerk calls police on homeowner with display encouraging people to drop mail-in ballots in toilet

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