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Looking into voter fraud in Michigan

Posted at 8:08 AM, Jan 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-27 09:59:09-05

President Trump tweeted Wednesday saying he's launching a major investigation into voter fraud.
Focusing on people registered in two different states, illegal voters and registered voters who are dead.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson couldn't say if voter fraud is a problem in Michigan but did say our state's voter registry isn't perfect.
"We found through a subscription with social security administration over 480 thousand dead people on our voter rolls,” Johnson said. “That's never good. Your qualified voter file has to be clean.”

Johnson says a big issue that needs to be addressed by the federal government is people who are registered in two different states which she says isn't their fault.

"There's no system in our state to take you off if you move to another state,” Johnson said. “So we have a lot of people registered in two states. We've found over 100 thousand."

Johnson would like to see a federal database created to deal with these problems.

But Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum says these issues don't mean there's foul play.

"In order to impact an election there would have to be thousands, millions of individuals pretending to be dead people voting,” Byrum said. “This doesn't exist."

Byrum says there are plenty of ways to make sure voter fraud isn't happening.

"In Michigan we have photo id requirements,” Byrum said. “If an individual doesn't have a photo id they can sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury that they are who they say they are."

As for absentee ballots, Byrum says clerks are checking to make sure the signatures match.

"It's pretty easy to check whether a signature matches," Byrum said.

Byrum welcomes President Trump's executive actions and says he won't find anything out of the ordinary.

"I welcome the investigation,” Byrum said. “I know the Michigan elections especially those in Ingham County are fair. We don't have voter fraud."

The President is expected to take executive action later this week.