On October 16, MI GOP candidate for SOS Kristina Karamo dropped a bombshell video that’s part of a series of over 20 videos, each exposing a #DirtyDeed by the current Soros-funded MI Democrat Sos Jocelyn Benson. The episode “Benson’s Dirty Deeds #12 – East Lansing Epicenter” got a lot of attention on social media. It also got the attention of Ingham County’s radical Democrat Clerk Barb Byrum.

Here’s the video:

Unfortunately, Kristina Karamo, Michigan’s first black female Secretary of State candidate, has become accustomed to Democrats like Barb Byrum attacking her. Byrum sat on a couch next to Michigan’s lawless Democrat AG Dana Nessel and nodded like a bobblehead when Nessel threatened Kristina Karamo in realtime with a felony for talking about voter fraud during a Trump rally in April 2022:

On October 17, through a series of tweets, Ingham County Democrat Clerk Barb Byrum, who loves to pick a fight with anyone who doesn’t align with her leftist views, attempted to “fact-check” the details shown in Karamo’s video that exposed a corrupt 2020 election.

Instead of looking into the allegations made in the video, Byrum used multiple made-up “facts” to refute the East Lansing study, which is part of Ingham County, where Byrum is tasked with overseeing elections.

But Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum wasn’t only attacking Kristina Karamo on Twitter; she was also attacking Anne Hill, the private citizen who provided the research used by MI Republican SOS candidate Kristina Karamo.

Rather than arguing the merits of Anne Hill’s Lights Out report, Byrum began with a personal attack, saying, “Anne Hill is a gadfly in the East Lansing Community and a frequenter of “doing her own research” when it comes to many topics.

Unfortunately, when you do not learn from a certified expert, you run the risk of making big mistakes.”

Perhaps if the clerk had done “her own research,” she would have avoided “making big mistakes.” A Web search of the U.S. Constitution would have informed her of its first three words, We the People. Bothersome as Byrum might have found the fundamental principles underpinning this great nation, those three short words might have helped her gain a modicum of emotional control.

Perhaps she would have realized that the framers of the Constitution, having just overthrown a pompous and unstable king, did not want to concentrate power with one ruler. Instead, they established a system of checks and balances for three branches of government. They declared that the Constitution derives its power not from a king, a court, or a congress [or from a county clerk] but from the people themselves.

This concept of popular sovereignty—of power to the people—forms the foundation upon which the entire Constitution depends. The founders realized that laws alone are insufficient to preserve our constitutional republic. Only citizen watchdogs, armed with the law protecting their unalienable rights, can ensure free and fair elections.

Citizen involvement is key to restricting government employees from overreaching. It helps ensure they stay within the boundaries of their citizen-granted authority.

In examining East Lansing’s voter rolls, Hill was exercising her rights. As importantly, she was performing her civic duty.

Pulling back the curtain on Byrum’s personal attacks

Clerk Byrum blatantly smears Hill’s findings, claiming she did “not learn from a certified expert.” So, are we to assume Hill’s Master’s degree in Business Administration, her double- and often triple-documented evidence was insufficient? That Clerk Byrum, armed with her 1999 BS degree in agribusiness management, is the ‘certified expert’ to whom all must defer?

Oddly, Byrum chooses the phrase ‘certified experts’ just as leftists are pushing to limit citizens’ rights to challenge questionable activities at election locations. (Thankfully, they are losing on that front.)

It is also a peculiar coincidence that the clerk’s Twitter rampage erupted four months after Lights Out was published in May 2022. Byrum unleashed her rabid tongue-lashing after Hill sent a letter, dated Oct. 14, to Jennifer Shuster, the East Lansing City Clerk. Hill’s letter advised the East Lansing City clerk that the newly announced one-stop satellite voting sites on the MSU campus looked to be illegal.


Hill wrote, “I received your news release of 10/10/22 regarding the Rotating Satellite Office on the MSU campus and have some concerns about satellite offices on the campus being compliant with Michigan election law.”

State laws require the sequential distribution of ballots. No way can these roving, one-stop voting offices keep the city’s ballots in sequence, let alone secure. New laws require the meticulous tracking of each absentee ballot’s chain of custody—impossible to do considering the nature of the pop-up offices and their unsupervised drop boxes.

Last but not least is the issue of bias.

Hill pointed out, “Specifically, these rotating satellites are only scheduled for MSU campus locations. Targeted satellite offices for the expressed purpose of registering voters may violate MCL 168.509dd. Voter registration programs need to be applied to the entire city in a uniform manner. By locating the satellite offices only on campus, which by default targets the student population, the program is not being conducted uniformly throughout the city.”

In light of recently published photos of the county clerk posing with Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, City Clerk Shuster, and the newly resigned president of MSU, is it possible Clerk Byrum was pressured from above to attack a truth-telling citizen? Perhaps the four comrades took umbrage at being called out for breaching at least three state election laws.

(Left to right) Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, East Lansing City Clerk Jennifer Shuster, MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. and Ingham County Clerk Barbara Byrum pose at the satellite clerk’s office on MSU’s campus.

The flip side of the coin

“Totalitarianism: the political concept that the citizen should be totally subject to an absolute state authority.”
– Merriam Webster

Byrum’s attempt to shame a citizen for conducting independent research implies that Hill, and by extension, We the People, should accord blind trust to government information.

How well did that trust work out for the Winston Smith character in George Orwell’s 1984?

Before rushing headlong down the path to public Twitter floggings of private citizens, a paid and elected public employee would do well to consider where that route leads.

To be fair, let us put Byrum’s histrionics aside and examine the facts:

Byrum mean tweet:

“Did Charlotte Brontë vote in the November 2020 election in East Lansing while residing at the Dublin Square pub”?

Fact: Much as Byrum seeks to ridicule Hill’s claim that dead voters cast counted ballots in 2020, she cannot deny that five—yes, 5—deceased voters cast counted ballots. The eldest of the 58 dead registrants to haunt East Lansing’s rolls was born in 1896, making that person 124 to 125 years old. The other four who voted from the Great Beyond died in 2014, 2019, or before Sept. 1, 2020.

Hill presented obituaries and additional confirmation to the East Lansing City Clerk. In tacit affirmation of Hill’s indisputable evidence, the clerk removed the dead voters.

Byrum’s baseless howling appears to be part of a larger pattern of behavior. Consider this: For the past two years, the Public Interest Legal Foundation has presented similar documentation on 26,000 deceased voter registrants statewide. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has refused to remove the corpses from the rolls. PILF recently won a court victory when a U.S. District Court denied the SOS’s request to dismiss. The case is proceeding.

Byrum tweets

Among the “oddities and anomalies,” you mention are people who have moved and are no longer at their addresses. I would remind you that this is a college town. It is not uncommon at all to see people move on to other places within a two-year period.

If they move within Michigan and register to vote where they move to, that registration is updated and that voter is no longer on the East Lansing voter rolls.


You said it yourself, sort of. Each year approximately 8,000 MSU freshmen enter, and 8,000 graduate and relocate to new locations. IF THEY MOVE AWAY, THEY SHOULD NOT CAST BALLOTS HERE, and no one should cast ballots using their identities.

In another Barb Byrum Tweet:

If they move to a state that participates in ERIC and register to vote there, the local Michigan clerk is notified, and the voter is sent a notice to confirm. Eventually, the voter is removed from the voter rolls.

If they move to states that do not participate in ERIC (like California, New York, and many others), then there would have to be proactive action taken to remove them (the voter writing a letter to the clerk). As you might imagine, that doesn’t often happen.


Byrum adds:

Anne, and you, by reference, call these voters ineligible. This is simply not the case.


So, the voter moved. Let us be generous and assume the clerk sent a notice to confirm. How do you explain the 1,557 long-gone registrants recorded as having cast counted ballots?

One voter. One vote. It’s hardly rocket or agri science. It is the clerk’s responsibility to ensure the integrity of the voter rolls. Our trusty Merriam-Webster defines ineligible as not eligible, not qualified, or not permitted. What term would you prefer Ms. Hill uses to describe the 1,557 voters who no longer lived in East Lansing yet cast counted ballots there?

For Byrum to say it “is simply not the case” that these voters were ineligible is simply not the case.

Hill used multiple types of resources to research and verify that these people no longer lived at their previous addresses. These sources were readily available and at the disposal of both the city and county clerk, had either considered using them?

Qualified Voter File (QVF) and History File for the Nov. 3, 2020, general election. Files were FOIAed and received via emailed link from the City of East Lansing Clerk’s Office on Nov. 12, 2020. This file contained 25,545 names of registered voters on the QVF, with 15,142 of them casting a vote.

BSAonline.com. Local governments use this publicly available source for documenting parcel and lot information, including street name and number, property owner, property class, residency exemption percentage, sale history (date, grantor, grantee, sales price, terms of sale), and rental license classification.

Oversized map of the City of East Lansing, including an index of all streets and their location.

  • Google search
  • Findagrave.com
  • Googlemaps.com
  • Smartbackgroundchecks.com
  • LinkedIn
  • East Lansing Precinct Map
  • MSU Dorm Map

Byrum Tweet:

Perhaps they are active military or retired military who chose to stay in their country of deployment. It’s not unheard of that that might impact 50 voters over the 50 years that these apartments were there.


Registered voters are listed as residing at non-existent addresses on non-existent streets. Signage indicated Cherry Lane was demolished in 2011, 12 years ago, yet 50 registrants were listed as living along it. Fifteen—yes, 15—voted absentee in 2020. Only one of the voters met the age criteria for active military service. The 46 votes did not come from overseas military voters.

Drive to the site, and one finds a 12-year-old park.

Fifteen (15) alleged residents inexplicably voted absentee in 2020 from non-existent addresses along this non-existent street in East Lansing, Mich. A park now stands where Cherry Lane was demolished in 2011. As of November 2020, 50 registered voters were listed as residing along the 12-year-gone Cherry Lane, turned park.

Byrum Tweet:

You mention that the dorms were closed in 2020 but that just over 200 voters voted. Is it hard to believe that 200 of the tens of thousands of students living in the dorms requested an absentee ballot be sent to a different mailing address like so many other voters in Michigan?


Records give no indication that ballots were mailed to another address. Instead, they show these undeliverable ballots went to unlivable, lights-out dorms. Then 276 votes were cast and counted from them.

Byrum Tweet:

If you have driven around East Lansing, you would know that the fraternities and sororities change houses from time to time. So it should not surprise you that women may have, at one time, lived in a fraternity house.

Also, are we really calling 48-yr-old’s “old timers?” I have to say, that’s likely to tick off a few key demographics within the Michigan electorate.


The issue is not that women may have once lived in former fraternity houses. The problem is that they do not live there now. Votes–50 of them–should not be attributed to phantom residents at phantom locations.

Perhaps Ms. Byrum would care to locate the 500-plus 48-year-olds supposedly living in a sorority or fraternity house. Let us corner these elusive unicorns and ask them if they feel offended at being called old-timers.

Byrum Tweets

Finally, flanking yourself in this video with the word “Honesty” printed on the banner does not make it so. I have been educating people like Anne Hill for the better part of two years on the elections process.

The layperson not knowing this can be excused. Most people only interact with this process when they cast their ballot. However, you are running for Secretary of State for the State of Michigan. You either must know or are intentionally trying to deceive those that do not.

But if you truly do not have a basic understanding of how voter registration works in Michigan, it would be a fireable offense if you were already in office.

As it is, all it does is disqualify you from the office you are seeking. This is yet another example of why voters in Michigan must re-elect @jocelynbenson


Perhaps biased Barb Byrum, guardian of our most sacred right to vote, can explain the 105 instances of the same person having two different voter ID numbers. Why did another person have three IDs? Please explain how a person could have four voter ID numbers.

While we’re on the subject of eligible voters casting legal votes, perhaps the county clerk can assure us that she and city and township clerks validate the citizenship status of overseas and university voters. Do they verify passports as many other clerks in other states do?

Finally, we spoke with Patrice Johnson, who is a regular contributor to our site, and here’s what she had to say about Anne Hill:

I have known Anne Hill for several years and found her to be consistently authentic, honest, kind, knowledgeable, and insightful. If Barb Byrum has “been educating people like Anne Hill for the better part of two years on the elections process,” surely Byrum’s life was enriched by the experience.

On the other hand, perhaps the clerk’s daily exposure to the county’s Qualified Voter File is proving too heavy a cross for her to bear. The bloat of ineligible voters, the ghosts whose skeletal remains clatter to life long enough to cast ballots from the grave, the long-gone residents who materialize to vote absentee from other states and multiple locations within our Great Lakes State could rouse night terrors in the staunchest of heart.

Enter the Mason courthouse, and a giant cardboard cutout of Barb Byrum is likely to greet visitors. Let us hope that shallow, frozen-grinned likeness is no measure of the woman’s character.

Then again, even a cardboard cutout has the sense to refrain from harassing a private citizen for doing her duty.

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