MIDLAND COUNTY, Mich. (WNEM) — Dale Hopfinger is a patriot and he feels it’s his duty to go to the polls.
It’s something he’s done every election in Midland County since 2003.
Imagine the surprise when he showed up to the polls on Nov. 4 ready to cast his ballot once again, and was told he couldn’t.
“Said, no he’s deceased, so he can’t vote,” Hopfinger told WNEM.
But even with his identification in hand proving who he was, a poll worker told him township records show that he was dead.
In fact, they claimed he died on Sept. 25, 2014.
Eventually, he convinced the township clerk he was in fact alive, and they allowed him to vote.
Hopfinger said he is now working on finding the source of the problem.
He’s reached out to the Social Security Office, and they told him it was a clerical error.
“The way she was saying was it was probably just a typing error on the Social Security Number is all it was, she’s thinking, but like I say, I don’t know, I don’t know how to find out,” said Hopfinger.
Hopfinger will meet with representatives at Bay City’s Social Security office on Friday.
Hopfinger says his assumed “death” also stopped him from co-signing on a new car for his daughter,
Now, he’s worried it could hurt his credit score.