31 cases of double voting found in 2016 election

Michigan Elections Director Chris Thomas says there a small number of double ballots cast by voters in 2016.

Michigan Elections Director Chris Thomas says there a small number of double ballots cast by voters in 2016.

Michigan’s elections chief says it appears there were 31 instances of people casting two ballots in the 2016 election. The cases are being referred to the state Attorney General’s office for possible criminal action.

Elections Director Chris Thomas says these are cases where people voted absentee, but then showed up to vote in person on Election Day. He says the investigations will determine whether these were mistakes or voter fraud. But he also says the number of double votes are a tiny fraction of the four-point-eight (m) million ballots cast in Michigan, and they did not change any election results.

“We certainly have no massive or pervasive fraud in Michigan.”

Intentionally voting twice is a felony with a punishment of up to four years in prison and a two thousand dollar fine. The attorney general says the cases are under review.