Former Flint Township clerk accused of tampering with ballots during election she narrowly won

Kathy Funk faces 2 felony charges

Voting booths.

FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A former Flint Township clerk is accused of tampering with a ballot container so the votes inside couldn’t be recounted during an election she narrowly won, officials said.

Attorney General Dana Nessel accuses Kathy Funk of purposely breaking the seal on a ballot container during the August 2020 primary so that the votes inside the container couldn’t be counted in an anticipated recount.

Funk was running for re-election at the time and narrowly prevailed in the unofficial count, Nessel said. She ran as a Democrat.

“Election officials must uphold the integrity of their positions,” Nessel said. “Those who abuse that commitment undermine the very foundation of our democracy. Our department is committed to prosecuting election violations, regardless of the political party of the perpetrator.”

Funk is facing one count of election law -- ballot tampering and one count of misconduct in office. Both charges are five-year felonies.

She is expected to be arraigned in Genesee County’s 67th District Court.

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