The Kent County Sheriff’s Office announced charges against an election worker for inserting a thumb drive into the voting machines during the August primary election.
68-year-old James Donald Holkeboer was a township election worker at Gaines Township Precinct 8 on Aug. 18. He was charged with two felonies.
My statement regarding illegal election activity in August Primary Election.
“Let me be very clear: voter fraud & illegal election activity in Kent County will not be tolerated…we will take aggressive action to protect our elections and hold those responsible accountable.” pic.twitter.com/jGAuILz2tE
— Lisa Posthumus Lyons, Kent County Clerk/Register (@KentCountyClerk) September 28, 2022
Here’s video from local Channel 13.
A primary election worker in a Grand Rapids area township is facing two felonies for what Kent County leaders say involved illegally accessing a machine with a thumb drive.
Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker announced the charges Wednesday, Sept. 28 against the man, who worked the Aug. 2 primary in Gaines Township’s Precinct 8.
MLive is not naming the man pending arraignment.
The charges are election law– falsifying returns/records and using a computer to commit a crime.
Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons, in a statement issued Wednesday, said the man’s actions did not affect the election or allow any access to voting machines or ballots.
She said another person observed the man putting a personal thumb drive into an electronic poll book computer. The alleged incident happened after the polls closed.
The poll book contains voter registration data, including confidential, personal identifying information about precinct voters. But it is not connected to any tabulation equipment or the Internet, Posthumus Lyons said.
The accused man is not an employee of Kent County or Gaines Township, but was a resident trained and certified by clerks to work at precincts during elections as well as at absentee ballot counting boards.