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Voter Dispute Erupts at Fenton Township Poll

Fenton Township resident says he was denied his right.

A dispute over voter registration led to an argument inside at the Fenton Township polling location Tuesday.

Ron Haley, of Fenton Township, came into vote around 1 p.m. when officials told him he wasn't registered to vote in .

Haley said he had moved from the city of Fenton to Fenton Township earlier this year. Haley said he had changed his address during that time and that his wife, Nikki, did the same. Records showed Nikki's information transfered, but there was no record of Ron on the voter registry, said Fenton Township clerk Bob Krug. Haley said he was registered and should have been issued a provisional ballot.

Krug said Haley was not on the township's list to vote and that there was nothing he could do. Krug then said Haley "demanded to vote" and then threatened to call the state and the police. Krug then said he slammed his phone down on the table and told Haley to use his phone. Haley said Krug then told him to get out of the building.

"I can't allow him in the middle of an election to challenge me," Krug said.

Police officers from the Genesee County Sheriff's Department showed up and talked to both Haley and Krug.

"I was denied my right to vote," Haley said. "All I wanted to do was vote. He (Krug) was very rude and opinionated."

The Genesee County Sherriff's officer asked Krug if there was anything he could do to straighten out the matter. Krug called officials and found Haley was still registered in the city of Fenton.

Krug and Haley talked after the incident and Haley planned to go to to vote.

Casey Gilbert February 28, 2012 at 09:03 PM
grumpy old men
Matt Beilharz February 28, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Yeah...that whole three miles of driving was totally worth the scene he caused.
Lenny Haise February 29, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Boys will be boys.
NotLazy February 29, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Good job by the GCSO, too bad they had to spend time on this immaturity.
Duane Elling February 29, 2012 at 01:14 PM
It's rather sad that it took the Sheriff's Department's questioning before it dawned on Krug to contact the city. If he'd done so at the start of the disagreement or suggested to Haley that he do so, they could have likely avoided the entire waste of time, energy and drama.
Nikki Haley February 29, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Duane is right. And Ron Haley did NOT call the police, Krug called the police because he told Haley that, and I quote, "I'm NOT giving you a provisIonal ballot. I am giving you a ride." And with that Krug himself called the police." The state dept in Lansing said the proper procedure in a case like this is to give the voter a provisional ballot since Mr Haley showed Krug his change of address from the DMV. As the ELECTED person in charge, Krug should have solved the problem before he called the police. I am surprised he didn't break his phone when he slammed it onto the table.
Ellen ellenburg February 29, 2012 at 06:35 PM
They should of called Fenton first sometimes change of addresses get mixed up. But he got to Vote yea
Nikki Haley February 29, 2012 at 06:36 PM
When an American citizen is refused his right to vote it is not to be taken lightly.
Barb Arnold February 29, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Go Ron, we may see more of this kind of treatment, people get power and misuse it. Glad you stood up for your right!!
Daniel DiRienzo Jr March 04, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Hurray for Duane and Nikki for nailing this one. Mr Krug could have offered to help and investigate at the onset instead of acting high and mighty like someone drunk on power. More importantly, do we need someone like Mr. Krug in his position if he does not even know the correct procedure for issuing provisional ballots? Seems like incompetence related to job duties.
Dave March 04, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Yes, American Citizens should also know where they are registered to vote. Rather than blame your inadequacies on the elected officials, take some responsibility for your own mistakes.
Dave March 04, 2012 at 05:06 PM
For future reference when trying to develop your own misquote of the Michigan Govt, there is no such thing as a DMV in the state of michigan. When you move to Michigan, its called the Secretary of State's office. Had you known this, maybe you would have known where you could register to vote....maybe that is Krug's fault too. Again, as American Citizens, it is your responsibility to know and understand your government.
Louise March 04, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Another election worker (A. Martin) working the front sign in table was extremely rude and condescending to anyone who asked her a question.
Dave March 05, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Louise, if you were 125 years old, you may be a bit grumpy too.

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