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Complaint flushed: No charge in toilet election display

The county prosecutor says it was intended to be a “humorous political statement,” not a crime.
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MASON, Mich. — A complaint about a toilet promoted as a place to drop absentee ballots has been flushed by prosecutors in Michigan.

The election clerk in Ingham County informed police about a toilet on the front lawn of a home in Mason, near Lansing. A sign said, “Place mail in ballots here.”

The county prosecutor says it was intended to be a “humorous political statement,” not a crime.

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Barb Byrum, the Democratic clerk, says it’s a felony to take illegal possession of absentee ballots. Byrum says she respects the decision by the prosecutor but adds that “elections are never a laughing matter.” 

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