Lansing-area townships clarify instructions for absentee voters

When Meridian Township voters opened their absentee ballot marking instructions, they were presented with directions on how to vote straight party even though straight ticket voting is banned for the Nov. 6 general election in Michigan. “I was contacted by a voter last week who was confused because the instructions that are included with the absentee ballot that was mailed to them included instructions on how to mark a straight party ballot,” said Ingham County Clerk, Barb Byrum. Although the instructions were incorrect, voters do not need to worry because the ballot is accurate. Meridian Township Clerk Brett Dreyfus said that there is no need for voter confusion because there is no straight party option on the ballot.

Phone scam warning from Ingham County Sheriff's Office

By Griffin Wasik
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter

MASON — Ingham County Sheriff Gene L. Wriggelsworth is warning residents of a phone scam where two victims have lost a total of $800. Even though the number on your caller ID may be the same number as the sheriff’s office, do not be fooled. The suspect uses a phone application where it disguises, or uses another phone number and identity, Wriggelsworth said. “It’s typically a male subject who has a foreign accent and he identifies himself from the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office,” Lt. Dennis Hull, of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, said. “He’s using a spoof app.