Michigan Supreme Court makes final ruling on removing Republicans from state ballot

The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled against multiple Republicans to remove them from this year’s election ballot.

The ruling followed evidence of forged signatures on petitions to become eligible as a candidate on the ballot.

The ruling

“The court sided with the state Bureau of Elections in saying that there were too many forged signatures on the petitions to get the candidates on the ballot,” The Detroit News reported.

“The 6-1 decisions by the state’s highest court mean that former Detroit police Chief James Craig, whom many viewed as the front runner for the GOP nomination, and businessman Perry Johnson, who poured millions of dollars into his campaign, are out of the race,” the report added.

The response

Three of the GOP leaders vowed to fight back against the court’s ruling.

“The voters should be deciding who their candidates are, not an unelected board of government bureaucrats,” former Detroit police chief Jame Craig said. “Rest assured, we will be appealing this questionable decision to a higher court. Our fight is not over.”

Candidates for governor in Michigan must submit 15,000 valid signatures to appear on the ballot. The case arose after it was found that the candidates had obtained many invalid signatures, putting them below the required mark.

The cases is big, as it changes the voting landscape just ahead of the state’s primary.

The ruling will certainly give Democrats a new advantage, especially as Gov. Whitmer seeks to retain her role following pushback after her Covid-era overreach.

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