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Sun Sep 20, 2020, 08:17 PM

Official: Toilet display mocking mail-in voting is a crime


A political display is set up in the lawn of a home on West Columbia Street in Mason, Mich., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Barb Byrum, the Democratic clerk of Ingham County, filed a complaint with police over the display, saying it could mislead people who aren’t familiar with how mail-in voting works. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)



MASON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan resident's apparent joke showing disdain for voting by mail is no laughing matter for one election official.

The resident put a toilet on their lawn with a sign that says, “Place mail in ballots here.”

Barb Byrum, the Democratic clerk of Ingham County, filed a complaint with police over the display, saying it could mislead people who aren't familiar with the voting system.

“It is a felony to take illegal possession of an absentee ballot,” Byrum said Friday.

“Elections in this country are to be taken seriously and there are many people who are voting by mail for the first time this election,” she said.

Read more: https://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Official-Toilet-display-mocking-mail-in-voting-15580411.php

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Reply Official: Toilet display mocking mail-in voting is a crime (Original post)
TexasTowelie Sep 20 OP
Laelth Sep 20 #1
stopdiggin Sep 21 #7
Laelth Sep 21 #8
stopdiggin Sep 21 #9
AkFemDem Sep 20 #2
Statistical Sep 20 #3
torius Sep 20 #4
stopdiggin Sep 21 #6
Thekaspervote Sep 20 #5
Atticus Sep 21 #10

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 08:20 PM

1. That's a tough one.

Looks like protected, political speech to me.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 21, 2020, 01:02 AM

7. it is. and it's not even a particularly close call

humorless official is wasting everybody's time.

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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #7)

Mon Sep 21, 2020, 08:45 AM

8. Well, it soliciting a crime.

Humorless official notes that it would be a crime to actually receive ballots in this way. The police say they’re investigating.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #8)

Mon Sep 21, 2020, 09:49 AM

9. satire. Think we're going to have to agree to disagree on this one.

the only crime here is a BIG one against common sense.
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 08:20 PM

2. Oh come ON!!!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 08:23 PM

3. It is a toilet. It is clearly satire.

I find it hard to believe even a first time voter would be confused enough to think they deposit their ballots in a toilet on some guys lawn.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 08:30 PM

4. You're not allowed to joke about bombs when you're in an airport

no matter how silly.
People might think this is a fun way to vote and that person will deliver the ballots. Trumpsters are that dumb.

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Response to torius (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 21, 2020, 12:59 AM

6. sorry. not buying it.

and this "election official" just bought themselves a whole boatload of ridicule and derision. IMO, richly deserved. Little or no sympathy here.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 09:03 PM

5. Calling all MI trump voters...this is EXACTLY where a ballot for trump should go!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 21, 2020, 10:28 AM

10. I'd betcha you one of those small "Trump Baby" balloons would fit in there!

Just sayin'----

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