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Plymouth Township woman charged after forging daughter’s signature on absentee ballot application — Steve Marowski

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, MI 2020--PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, MI -- A Plymouth Township woman is facing felony charges after the township clerk discovered the woman’s attempt to obtain a ballot using her daughter’s signature.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel charged Karen Lynne Rotondo, 57, with one count of knowingly making, filing or publishing a false signature on an absent voter application. The offense is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $1,000 fine, a press release from the attorney general’s office said.

The release said Rotondo forged her daughter’s signature on an absent voter application and mailed it to the Plymouth Township clerk. The daughter was unaware that the application had been filed in her name, the release said.

The clerk, who was reviewing applications for absentee voter ballots, followed established procedures and discovered evidence that the ballot application was not executed by the person to whom it was sent, the release said. No ballot was actually sent and no illegal voting occurred, according to the release.

“Serious criminal consequences exist for those who attempt to tamper with our election process,” Nessel said. “Michiganders should know that absentee ballot applications, which is the subject of this fraud investigation, are not just rubber-stamped and processed robotically. Clerks and other election officials conduct careful examinations of these applications to ensure they are authentic, complete and comport with the law.”

Rotondo is expected to be formally arraigned on the charges in the coming days, the release said. Court dates and additional details are not yet available.


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