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One Mason, Michigan, resident seems a bit skeptical about absentee voting. The homeowner, who wasn't identified by local media, placed a toilet on his or her front lawn with a sign reading, "Place Mail In Ballots Here." Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum has filed a complaint with the police over the installation, saying it's illegal. "It's solicitation of absentee ballots into a container," Byrum said. "Our election integrity is not a game. I expect everyone to act appropriately, and this is unacceptable."

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  3. If Ingham County makes the homeowner remove the display, he or she can always replace the current sign with “Place First Amendment here” over the toilet.

    1. “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.”

      1. An elected Karen.

  4. He should change the sign to say “Place mail-in votes for Trump here.”

  5. In her statement, Byrum, a Democrat, said she found it “more than a little ironic” that the person registered at the address has voted absentee for the past three years.
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    1. What right does an election official have to reveal that information?

      1. The article continues with That type of information is publicly available, she said.
        Even if true, it isn’t a good policy for officials to volunteer such information.

      2. It’s public information. I would look up your voting patterns in your county registrars office for probably only a $50 fee. No, it’s not recorded in a book, but it’s in a database and for a fee some places will give you the entire database on a DVD.

        I had the entire database for California once. Going back a dozen years. It was interesting to see how famous people were registered and if they voted. Or your neighbors. Can’t tell how they voted, but you do know how they are registered and which elections they bothered to show up for.

    2. I have two problems with the clerk’s statement.

      One, I don’t find his actions in anyway ironic. If he has been voting absentee for years he mostly likely has experience in the problems of mail in voting – the voice of experience!

      Second, I find it troubling that the clerk’s instinct was to go through the voter roles to check his voting history. So next week when someone makes a statement or action she doesn’t like she will run to the voter database and then make a public comment on that person’s voting history. I don’t care that some of that info is public. It’s that she feels a knee-jerk impulse to find out info and make it public.

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  7. Silly homeowner; everyone knows you have to collect the ballots by hand so you can determine which ones to deliver and which ones to lose.

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    2. The Democrat Party in Penna. is currently appealing a court decision that mail in ballots that don’t have “secrecy envelopes” will not count. In Phila., for instance, where nearly 100% of the votes are for
      Democrats in many precincts, I guess a little more voter intimidation is still called for?

      1. It’s tough for the New Black Panther Party to intimidate voters through the mail.

      2. The Republicans have lost almost every decision on their attempts to suppress mail-in voting in PA. I guess the Democrats are getting cocky after repeatedly curb-stomping the Republicans in court.

  8. Our election integrity is not a game. I expect everyone to act appropriately, and this is unacceptable.

    This makes us hardworking, decent fraudsters look bad!

  9. Time for a countersuit. The homeowner has an easy First Amendment claim.

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  11. One Mason, Michigan, resident seems a bit skeptical about absentee voting.

    Is the resident skeptical of absentee voting, or mail-in voting? They’re two entirely different things.

    If he’s skeptical of mail-in voting, the humor would be more difficult to pull off effectively. He’d need to set up a huge printing press where anyone and everyone could print out their own ballots, in any quantity desired. Not sure how to make that ‘funny’.

    1. Oooh, maybe a photocopier with a sign on it reading “Duplicate Ballots Here!” Yeah, that would be subtly funny on many levels.

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