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James Craig denied access to primary ballot

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Paul Sancya
Associated Press
James Craig, a former Detroit police chief, announces he is a Republican candidate for governor of Michigan.

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig is pledging to take his lawsuit to get on the Republican gubernatorial primary ballot to the state Supreme Court.

Craig had sued in claims court after a deadlocked Board of State Canvassers kept him off the ballot.

The board couldn’t agree on how to handle thousands of signatures turned in with Craig’s filing paperwork. Those signatures were collected by circulators accused of fraud.

Reports from state elections staff found Craig and several other candidates no longer qualified for the ballot after tossing the suspect sheets.

In its decision, the Court of Claims echoed an appellate court ruling in a similar lawsuit from fellow gubernatorial candidate Perry Johnson.

The court decided the Board of State Canvassers didn’t have to individually check each signature after discovering a pattern of fraud.

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