Elections Official In Michigan Charged With Ballot Tampering

A former township clerk and current county elections supervisor in Michigan has been charged with ballot tampering in the August 2020 primary.

Kathy Funk also is charged with misconduct in office, the Michigan attorney general’s office said late Friday.

Both charges are felonies punishable by up to five years in prison upon conviction.

Funk faces arraignment in Genesee County’s 67th District Court.

Funk was Flint Township’s clerk when authorities allege she purposely broke a seal on a ballot container, according to the attorney general’s office.

Under Michigan law, that prevented votes inside the container from being counted in an anticipated recount.

Funk later resigned as Flint Township clerk to take Genesee County’s elections supervisor’s job.

No recount was ever performed.

“Election officials must uphold the integrity of their positions,” Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said Friday in a release. “Those who abuse that commitment undermine the very foundation of our democracy.”