Friday, August 28, 2015

Shady: Nearly A Third Of Michigan Counties Face Lawsuits For Having More Registered Voters Than People

Berrien County Clerk Sharon Tyler

By Brandon Hall
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Counties across Michigan are in the hot seat tonight, facing lawsuits for having more registered voters than people who reside in the county. Twenty four of Michigan's Eighty Three counties are on the list-that's nearly one third.

Michigan's twenty four counties are part of 141 nationwide identified by the Public Interest Legal Foundation.

According to the Washington Free Beacon:

"A public interest law firm is threatening to bring lawsuits against more than 100 counties across the United States that appear to have more registered voters than living residents.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), a law firm dedicated to election integrity based in Indiana, recently sent statutory notice letters to election officials in 141 counties putting them on notice of their discoveries. The group says if action is not taken to correct the questionable voter rolls, they will bring lawsuits against every single county on the list."

Some of the Michigan counties include Berrien, Wayne, Saginaw, Mackinaw, and Antrim.

Bernd Krebs

Bernd Krebs is a Berrien County business owner and conservative activist. He is appalled by the controversy and has harsh words for Berrien County Clerk Sharon Tyler.

"There is NO excuse given today's technology and all the tools that a County Clerk has," Krebs said. "105% means that there is a 5% failure rate, something that in the private sector means immediate termination. There is simply NO excuse for this."

Krebs believes immediate action is required by Tyler and clerks statewide to avoid costly lawsuits:

"This problem needs to be addressed immediately," Krebs said. "All county clerks should adopt mindset(s) of "all hand on deck", and cease all of their private and political activities until this is fixed."

Tyler says this issue has been a priority since she took office in January 2013.

"This was an issue I ran for office on 2012 to resolve," Tyler said. "This is an issue my office has been working on and even hired additional staff."
Here are the 24 Michigan counties on the list along with, for reference, who won them in the 2012 Presidential election:

Leelanau County-109%, 2012: Romney by 900
Roscommon County-107%  2012 Romney by 500
Charlevoix County-107%  2012 Romney by 2,000
Otsego County-107%  2012 Romney by 2,400
Ontonagon County-107%  2012 Romney by 300
Antrim County-107%  2012 Romney by 3,000
Dickinson County-106%  2012 Romney by 2700
Emmet County-106%  2012 Romney by 3,000
Genesee County-105%  2012 Obama by 60,000
Iosco County-105%  2012 Romney by 650
Kalkaska County-105%  2012 Romney by 1,700
Berrien County-105%  2012 Romney by 5,000
Keweenaw County-104%  2012 Romney by 200
Benzie County-104%  2012 Romney by 300
Mackinac County-104%  2012 Romney by 600
Gladwin County-104%  2012 Romney by 900
Alcona County-103%  2012 Romney by 1,100
Gogebic County-103%  2012 Obama by 500
Cheboygan County-102%  2012 Romney by 1,100
Menominee County-102%  2012 Romney by 300
Montmorency County-101%  2012 Romney by 900
Saginaw County-101%  2012 Obama by 12,000
Midland County-101%  2012 Romney by 6,000
Wayne County-101%  2012 Obama by 387,000

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson

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