Grand Rapids-area election worker admitted to using USB drive in poll book: Court records

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A 68-year-old Grand Rapids-area election worker charged with two felonies allegedly admitted to using a USB drive to access an election-related machine, court records show.

MLive is not naming the man pending his Oct. 17 arraignment.

Kent County election officials said the man was seen inserting a USB drive into an electronic ballot book after polls closed for the Aug. 2 primary election.

Court records show that he was an election inspector in precinct 8 of Gaines Township.

A Kent County Sheriff’s Detective, in a probable cause affidavit, wrote that the man admitted to participating in the Aug. 2 election in Gaines Township.

“After the election, (the suspect) admitted to inserting a personal USB key into the electronic poll book computer for the purpose of obtaining copies of election reports for personal and unauthorized use,” according to the report. affidavit.

The police did not give further details on the motivations of the worker.

Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus-Lyons earlier said the electronic ballot books contain voter registration data, including confidential personal identification information about voters in the precinct. But she said he is not connected to any tab equipment or the internet.

To help reassure voters about the validity of the Aug. 2 vote in Gaines Township, Kent County officials conducted an election audit on Tuesday.

The man charged with tampering will be charged with a five-year felony under the Elections Act – tampering with statements/records and a four-year felony for using a computer to commit a crime.

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