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Court of Appeals rejects Johnson effort to get on ballot

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Michigan Court of Appeals
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Michigan Court of Appeals

The court ruled unanimously that Johnson failed to show that he deserves a spot on the ballot after he did not collect enough valid petition signatures.

The Michigan Court of Appeals dealt a defeat today (WED) to Perry Johnson. He was kicked off the August Republican gubernatorial primary ballot.

The court ruled unanimously that Johnson failed to show that he deserves a spot on the ballot after he did not collect enough valid petition signatures. The reason appears to be fraud by paid petition circulators.

The reasoning could also be applied to two other cases where GOP candidates were removed from the ballot.

James Craig and Michael Markey have also filed lawsuits to get their names on the ballot after their petitions were also rejected due to apparently fraudulent signatures.

Those decisions are still pending. Once issued, they could all be appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court. That’s as the clock is ticking toward a Friday deadline to finalize the primary ballot.

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