After allegedly connecting a personal USB drive to a precinct computer on August 2 during the primary, a volunteer election worker in Michigan is being charged with two felonies.
James Donald Holkeboer has been charged with fabricating election records and using a computer to commit a crime in connection with the event, Kent County prosecutor Chris Becker stated on Wednesday, according to Reuters. He may spend up to nine years behind bars if found guilty of the accusations.
The incident happened in Gaines Township, a Grand Rapids neighborhood in the state’s western region. Lisa Poshumus Lyons, the clerk for Kent County, described it as “extremely egregious and incredibly alarming.”
According to Lyons, who issued a statement, “Not only is it a violation of Michigan law, but it is a violation of public trust and of the oath all election workers are required to take.”
According to Lyons, a witness witnessed the poll worker insert a USB device containing private voter registration information into the electronic poll book.
She later explained that these activities did not jeopardize the outcome of the election because the data from the poll book had already been saved to an encrypted system, according to Reuters.
According to Lyons, the problematic computer was not connected to any internet or tabulation equipment, but she still intends to audit the election on August 2 and count the paper ballots.
According to MLive, the man was a local person who had been authorized to work the election rather than an actual employee of Kent County.
According to Reuters, Lyons described him as one of the “everyday citizens trained and certified by clerks to work the precincts and absentee county boards.”
According to Reuters, there have been numerous concerns about election security over the past two years.
But Lyons assured the populace that she would not put up with any unlawful behavior and that she was working to keep elections secure.
“Let me be very clear: voter fraud and illegal election activity in Kent County will not be tolerated. Our citizens deserve to have faith in their elections and in those who work them,” according to Lyons’ letter, which was obtained by MLive.
“I will do everything possible to keep Kent County’s elections secure, transparent, fair, and accurate. If someone or something threatens that, we will take aggressive action to protect our elections and hold those responsible accountable,” Lyons continued.
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A spokesman from Michigan’s Secretary of State announced that the equipment that was breached by the election worker in Kent County will not be used in November’s upcoming general election, according to Reuters. CONTINUE READING…