Trump Supporters Gather To Burn Michigan Absentee Ballot Applications
10 Tampa Bay reports that people gathered in Walker, Michigan—near Grand Rapids—to burn letters informing them that they can vote by absentee ballot in future elections.
- The gathering took place outside the DeltaPlex in an event on Friday, June 12 called Operation Incinerator.
- Many individuals had with them flags, T-shirts, and signs expressing support for President Donald J. Trump and for Republicans.
- Michael Farage, president of the Grand Rapids Taxpayers Association, was present and said that the absentee ballot applications were unsolicited and constituted a waste of money.
- Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said that she had the state mail letters and applications in order to make it more convenient for people to vote by mail with an absentee ballot, thereby avoiding the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19.
- The Detroit News reports that In May, Trump criticized this move by Benson, though he erroneously said she was sending out the absentee ballots themselves. Under Benson’s direction, Michigan mailed applications for absentee ballots.