According to the Associated Press, a leading Republican governing candidate in Michigan lost an important court appeal Wednesday, confirming that his name will not be on the state’s GOP primary ballot in August.
Perry Johnson, a businessman, was one of five Republican candidates running against Gretchen Whitmer, the current Democratic governor of Michigan, but her petition sheet was revealed to include thousands of false or invalid signatures.
According to the Associated Press, after the Board of State canvassers stalled on May 26, candidates were declared ineligible to be on the primary ballot.
According to the Associated Press, Johnson’s legal action prompted an appeals court to dismiss the canvassers and reinstate him on the ballot. He claimed that if the State Election Bureau went through each line of his petition sheet, he could get the required 15,000 legal signatures, but the court refused.
According to the Associated Press, “the board had a clear legal obligation to investigate that, but it did not have a clear legal obligation to compare every false signature against the eligible voter file.”
Associated Press reports indicate that the ruling may also apply to four other candidates who were disqualified for the race. However, more legal challenges are expected.
However, according to the Bureau’s investigation, it appears that neither the candidate nor the campaigner was aware of the scandal. According to The Wall Street Journal, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser has secretly accused Democrats of trying to disqualify him after publishing a report against Democrats.
Many Republican voters want to know how many false or invalid signatures the current governor, Gretchen Whitmer, has. The check and balance are expected to work for both parties and this move does not seem to be the least bit fair as there are looms around the 2022 midterm corner.
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