The Michigan Attorney General’s Office says that Kathy Funk, who had been working as the Flint Township clerk, “purposely broke a seal” on a ballot container, according to a press release on Friday. Funk supposedly broke the seal so that, under Section 168. according to 871 of Michigan election laws, the ballots inside could not be counted in a recount.
TRENDING: | Michigan Election Supervisor and former township clerk [D] Kathy Funk Charged With FELONY BALLOT TAMPERING, Misconduct during 2020 election.— El American (@ElAmerican_) March 14, 2022
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“Election officials must uphold the integrity of their positions. Those who abuse that commitment undermine the very foundation of our democracy. Our department is committed to prosecuting election violations, regardless of the political party of the perpetrator.” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement posted to Twitter.
Funk, as the township clerk, was responsible for conducting the August 2020 election and sought another term as clerk, according to Michigan
Live. Funk went on to receive 2,698 votes over her rival Manya Triplett, who obtained 2,619, according to official Michigan election results.
According to Michigan Live, Triplett said she had asked that a recount occurs after seeing some suspicious activity at the township’s election hall.
Nessel said, “Those who abuse that commitment undermine the very foundation of our democracy,” adding that her department is “committed to prosecuting election violations, regardless of the political affiliation.” Under Section 168.871 of Michigan law, “the board of canvassers conducting a recount” is to recount “all ballots of a precinct using an electronic voting system” unless one or more possible circumstances arise, according to the Michigan Legislature’s website.
A few possible conditions that would lead to ballots not being recounted are: “the seal on the transfer case or other ballot container” broken or having a different number than recorded in the poll record book, the number of ballots needing recounting, and the amount printed on election day not matching up, the seal used on the “ballot label assembly” being found broken, or the numbers not matching the poll records and ballot labels, or even the candidate names, according to the Michigan Legislature’s website.
“She says it’s absolutely not true,” Matthew Norwood, Funk’s lawyer, told the Associated Press, adding that she is predicted to plead not guilty to the charges.
Former Flint Township Clerk— Chuck Darwin (@Chas_Darwin) March 13, 2022
Kathy Funk charged with ballot tampering & misconduct.
Funk purposely broke a seal on a ballot box so that the votes inside could not be recounted. Funk was running for re-election and narrowly prevailed in the unofficial count. https://t.co/qxlo4H4JXt
According to the press release, if found guilty, both charges carry a prison sentence of five years.
Funk’s arraignment is to be set by the “67th District Court,” according to the press release from the attorney general’s office.