Toilet display mocking mail-in voting in Michigan yard is a crime, official says

Toilet display mocking mail-in voting in Michigan yard is a crime, official says
A political display is set up in the lawn of a home on West Columbia Street in Mason, Mich., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Barb Byrum, the Democratic clerk of Ingham County, filed a complaint with police over the display, saying it could mislead people who aren’t familiar with how mail-in voting works. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP) (Matthew Dae Smith/AP)

MASON, Mich. — A Michigan neighbor’s joke could land them in hot water.

A resident placed a toilet in their yard with a sign: “Place mail in ballots here” with a hand drawn arrow pointing to the john, the Lansing State Journal reported.

“It is a felony to take illegal possession of an absentee ballot,” said Barb Byrum, a Democratic clerk of Ingham County, who filed a complaint about the display. “Elections in this country are to be taken seriously and there are many people who are voting by mail for the first time this election.”

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Police said they are investigating. Under Michigan law, taking possession of a ballot illegally is a felony.

The resident has not been identified. The lawn also has signs calling for the recall of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.