The Michigan Board of State Canvassers came to split decisions Thursday, meaning that five Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidates, including former Detroit police chief and GOP favorite James Craig, are ineligible to appear on the ballot.
The board, made up of two Republicans and two Democrats, made the decisions after the Michigan Bureau of Elections recommended barring five candidates from the ballot Monday night. After finding that the petition circulators assigned by the candidates submitted fraudulent signatures, the Bureau of Elections said the gubernatorial hopefuls fell short of the needed 15,000 signatures to appear on the ballot for the primary election in August.
“There’s nothing to suggest there are valid signatures,” Michigan Elections Director Jonathan Brater told the board in a hearing Thursday morning. “It’s not a place that anybody wants to be. It’s a terrible thing for our state, and it’s an attack on our election system.”
Craig responded to the decision barring him from ballot and promised to take the issue to court. “We will be filing an immediate appeal in the courts,” Craig said in a statement. “We are confident that when the law is justly applied, our campaign will be on the ballot this August.”
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