UPDATE: Trump Supporters Burn Michigan Absentee Ballot Applications

Jun 13, 2020

Voting signs outside Benton Harbor's 4th Ward where city residents are voting in municipal elections Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.
Credit Jennifer Weingart/WVPE


WALKER, Mich. (AP) — People gathered near Grand Rapids to burn letters informing them that they can vote by absentee ballot in future elections. The applications were burned Friday during an event called Operation Incinerator outside the DeltaPlex in Walker. Many people had flags, shirts and signs showing support for President Donald Trump and Republicans. Michael Farage, president of the Grand Rapids Taxpayers Association, says the absentee ballot applications were unsolicited and a waste of money. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says she took the step to make it convenient for people to vote by mail with an absentee ballot and avoid the risk of the coronavirus.


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — It’s now easier for Michigan voters to request an absentee ballot by going online. The new function lets people visit a state website and submit their driver’s license number and the last four digits of their Social Security number. They can digitally use the signature they provided for their driver’s license or state ID card. The completed application will go to the voter’s local clerk. Voters already could go to the website, fill out an application, scan it and then email it. Or they could mail it in. The new option cuts out the need for scanning, printing or mailing.