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Election officials call on MI Supreme Court to review an election fraud case

Hilary Farrell
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Charges against an election worker who allegedly copied voter names were dismissed in April

James Holkeboer… a first-time election inspector in Kent County… was charged with committing election fraud during the state’s 2022 primary. A judge found he had copied a list of voter names from a state owned database onto his personal flash drive.

An appeals court dismissed the charges in April.

Now, a group of 28 state election officials want the Michigan Supreme Court to reverse that decision. They argue the ruling undermines election security.

Attorney Chip Chamberlain is representing Holkeboer in the case. He says state law does not prohibit someone from copying public records.

“The clerk's are understandably concerned. But their grievance should go to the legislature, not the court.”

The Michigan Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments on the case later this summer.

As WKAR's Bilingual Latinx Stories Reporter, Michelle reports in both English and Spanish on stories affecting Michigan's Latinx community. Michelle is also the voice of WKAR's weekend news programs.
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