Michigan Voter Records a ‘Mess,’ This Man Says. Here’s Why.

Mike Pashby, his family, and their single-family home in Kalamazoo (Michigan) for more than seven years. They have never met Larry Hodge. 

Pashby started to get absentee voter’s notices and ballot applications in the mail every other month starting in 2020. Despite his notifying election officials with the Kalamazoo Township, Kalamazoo County, and the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office, the notices kept coming. 

“The Lansing and Kalamazoo voter registration records are a mess,” Pashby told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “The township checked and they put mine in a stack with dozens of other similar cards. It wasn’t just me.” 

Michigan has had long-standing problems with election records. The Public Interest Legal Foundation, an election integrity watchdog group, sued last year to have the names of 26,000 dead voters removed from the state’s voter registration lists. 

The legal foundation discovered that 26,000 voters had names that remained on the lists. Nearly 4,000 of them had been deceased for at least 20 years. 

Historically, however, voter fraud has been a major problem with absentee and mail-in voting. 

Pashby said that Hodge has not received any mail other than six absentee ballot applications.  

After Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State, announced that the applications would begin arriving, all registered votersYou would be eligible to vote absentee. 

Pashby had submitted at least six ballot applications, and had visited several times, when the clerk of the township told him that it would take two more years to resolve.

“My clerk informed me that it will take two years to ‘verify’ [Hodge] is not eligible to vote from my home address, even though records show he had not lived at the address for 20-plus years,” Pashby said. 

The Pashby household was not allowed to request a ballot for Hodge. According to the top Kalamazoo County election official a ballot would not be sent to the address if someone had. 

“There is a process in place. When local clerks get an application that is filled out, they review it,” Meredith Place, Kalamazoo County’s clerk and register of deeds, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. 

“First they see if that voter is registered at that address. If they are not, they won’t do anything with it,” Place said. “Next, they do signature verification. Local clerks are interested only in sending ballots to qualified voters, not sending out ballots willy- nilly.”   

Place claimed that she has received multiple applications for absentee votes in the mail. She just tosses them like other junk mail. She claimed that those are sent by private parties.

“Clerks aren’t sending out absentee ballot applications to voters that do not live at that address,” Place said. “If voters get the wrong application, they can throw it away or better yet, recycle. I get mail requesting new windows. I don’t need new windows, so I throw it away.”

However, the ballot applications sent to Pashby’s home were marked clearly as coming from Kalamazoo Township, based on photos of forms that Pashby sent to The Daily Signal. 

“The reminders kept coming to participate, participate, participate for someone who has no right to participate,” Pashby said. 

Neither Kalamazoo Township nor the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office responded to inquiries from The Daily Signal for this report. 

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