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Court of Appeals rejects Johnson, Markey efforts to get on primary ballot

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected two Republican candidates’ requests to have their names put on the August gubernatorial primary ballot. The court said Perry Johnson and Michael Markey failed to collect enough valid signatures and that’s reason enough for the Michigan Bureau of Elections to keep them off the ballot.

From the court opinion rejecting Johnson’s request: “We conclude that Johnson has not carried his burden of establishing that he is entitled to a writ of mandamus, so we deny his complaint.”

The Johnson and Markey campaigns argued the state was too aggressive in policing signatures. It appears widespread signature fraud by paid petition circulators is behind the shortfall.

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig has also filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse a decision to keep his name off the GOP primary ballot. All these cases could wind up before the Michigan Supreme Court – with a Friday deadline approaching to finalize the ballot.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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