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Canton Township man facing charges after allegedly forging daughter's signature on absentee ballot

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Posted at 12:05 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 12:05:05-05

(WXYZ) — A Canton Township man is facing felony charges of voter fraud after he reportedly completed, signed and submitted his daughter’s absentee voter ballot to his local clerk’s office.

“Signing someone else’s name to a ballot is a felony under state law, and spreading misinformation to purposefully interfere with our election and ballot-counting processes is criminal behavior that will not be tolerated," Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a press release. "Michigan has multiple layers of review throughout our election process that make it very difficult for a bad actor to commit fraud, which is why it so seldom occurs.”

Paul Parana, 47, is charged with forging a signature on an absentee ballot, a five-year felony, and impersonating another to vote at an election, a four-year felony.

Parana allegedly forged his daughter’s signature on an absentee voter ballot and submitted it to the Canton Township Clerk’s Office.

The incident was reported to the Michigan Department of State, which is continuing its investigation, and sent to the Attorney General’s office for prosecution and further investigation.

The illegal ballot was voided prior to the election.