Hundreds of Absentee Ballots from 2020 Election Found In Michigan Storage Unit

Michigan police are investigating hundreds of absentee ballots that were discovered in a storage unit in Thetford, Michigan.

WWMT reported Rachel Stanke, who serves as the Thetford Township Supervisor, alerted the Michigan state police in 2022 over the possibility of absentee ballots being stored in an improper manner.

After being alerted the MSP launched an investigation and discovered close to 300 absentee ballots inside of a storage unit.

Since alerting the police, Stanke heard no further information regarding the investigation which led her to file a FOIA request to MSP asking for information about the investigation.

Stanke’s FOIA request was granted by MSP and revealed 289 ballots were discovered inside a storage unit “that was rented by a former township employee whose name has been redacted.”

As of right now Michigan police are still investigating how the ballots got there.


A township supervisor in Genesee County is talking about hundreds of absentee ballots that were found in a storage unit. The ballots were from the 2020 election, according to Rachel Stanke, the Thetford Township Supervisor. Stanke says she alerted Michigan State Police.

“289 absentee ballots were found in a storage unit and downtown Clio,” says Stanke.  She tells Mid-Michigan NOW that she first learned about the possibility of ballots found in a box back in 2021. At the time, she says she alerted the Michigan Attorney General’s Office and the Secretary of State’s Office, she later found out she needed to contact Michigan State Police. Michigan State Police recovered the ballots in the storage unit in August 2022.

Several months ago, Stanke filed a Freedom of Information Act request for details regarding this investigation. Her request was approved through MSP. Stanke says the storage unit was one that was rented by a former township employee whose name has been redacted from the FOIA paperwork.

Mid Michigan Now covered the story exclusively.


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