Jury finds Grand Haven man guilty of election fraud


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — An Ottawa County jury has found a Grand Haven man who lost in the Republican primary for a state House seat guilty of election fraud.

After a two-day trial, a jury convicted Brandon Hall of ten counts of election law forgery. He faces up to five years in prison. His sentencing date is schedule for Dec. 27 in 20th Circuit Court.

In 2012, Hall collected petition signatures for a man who was running to be an Ottawa County judge. He was then charged with forging signatures on those petitions and has admitted doing so, using different pens and both hands to make the signatures look different.

Hall was originally charged with felony forgery, but he argued he should face a separate misdemeanor instead. An Ottawa County judge agreed with him, dismissing the felony, and the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld that decision.

Prosecutors appealed, sending the case to the state Supreme Court. It ruled the lower courts erred, reinstated the forgery charge and sent the case back to Ottawa County District Court where a judge bound him over to circuit court.

Hall finished third on Nov. 8 in a three person primary for the Republican nomination to represent Ottawa County’s 89th District in the Michigan House.

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