Michigan Elections Board Reveals the Fate for 5 GOP Candidates

Voters in Des Moines precincts 43, 61 and 62 cast their ballots at Roosevelt High School. via wikimedia commons.

On Thursday, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers came to a split decision resulting in the removal of five Republican gubernatorial candidates from the ballot.

The decision came after finding that the petition circulators assigned by the candidates submitted fraudulent signatures, the Bureau of Elections said the gubernatorial hopefuls fell short of the needed 15,000 signatures to appear on the ballot for the primary election.

The Daily Wire reports:

The board, made up of two Republicans and two Democrats, made the decisions after the Michigan Bureau of Elections recommended barring five candidates from the ballot Monday night. After finding that the petition circulators assigned by the candidates submitted fraudulent signatures, the Bureau of Elections said the gubernatorial hopefuls fell short of the needed 15,000 signatures to appear on the ballot for the primary election in August.

“There’s nothing to suggest there are valid signatures,” Michigan Elections Director Jonathan Brater told the board in a hearing Thursday morning. “It’s not a place that anybody wants to be. It’s a terrible thing for our state, and it’s an attack on our election system.”

Craig responded to the decision barring him from the ballot and promised to take the issue to court.

Brater testified that his team checked 7,000 out of 68,000 signatures that they suspected of being fraudulent, and found that none of them were legitimate.

Attorney George Lewis, who represents Craig, fought back, claiming the Bureau of Elections violated state law by not checking every single signature they suspected of being fraudulent. Lewis also said he has affidavits from 15 voters, who signed on suspected fraudulent petition sheets, claiming they legitimately signed their name.

Following Craig’s attorney’s testimony, Republican board member Tony Daunt conceded he believes the signatures are “probably fraudulent,” but wasn’t convinced if it would be possible to count every signature by June 3.

“My gut tells me these are probably fraudulent … but I cannot base these important decisions on assumptions,” Daunt said.

Capital management CEO Donna Brandenburg, another GOP gubernatorial candidate, called the Bureau of Elections’ process “an arbitrary goat rodeo,” and her attorney argued that candidates did not get any notice of the alleged fraudulent signatures when the Bureau of Elections became aware of them in March. This coincides with GOP candidate Michael Brown’s team claiming it did not receive any notice of fraudulent signatures until after 8 p.m. ET on Monday.

Republican front runner James Craig along with businessman Perry Johnson, capital management CEO Donna Brandenburg, financial adviser Michael Markey, and Michigan State Police Captain Michael Brown will be barred from appearing on the ballot.



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Frank W Brown
Frank W Brown
1 month ago

Par for the course!

james henry james
james henry james
1 month ago

Here we go again! They didn’t do their job and someone else has to pay for them being lazy! Fact is they didn’t check them all and they should be fired for failing to do their job without a second chance! The same thing they are trying to pull! Getting to always the same story that anybody that works for government can’t do anything right! No surprise there! They should be arrested for their farce

American
American
1 month ago

If the damocraps can commit fraud and put a communist fraud in OUR WHITEHOUSE why cant a republican commit fraud ???

American
American
1 month ago

I just trying to keep OUR FREE COUNTRY FROM BECOMING A COMMUNIST TYRANNICAL COMMUNIST COUNTRY

American
American
1 month ago

I know with the name TRUMP TRAIN YOU CANT BE COMMUNIST YOURSELVES ARE YOU. ???

Brady
1 month ago

So if the truth comes out, that the signatures were legal. What will happen to these people who lied about the signatures? Seems Michigan can’t get a vote right. When they agree, look who gets elected.

F J B
F J B
1 month ago

MICHIGAN IT’S TIME YOU TAKE BACK YOUR STATE FROM THE DEMOCRAT TERRORISTS THAT IS KILLING YOUR STATE AND THE PEOPLE

gdmn2find
gdmn2find
30 days ago

Sad to see members of the GOP doing what would be expected of Democrats. But it begs the question, Are there any fraudulent Democrat ballots found?

Bill Davies
Bill Davies
29 days ago
Reply to  gdmn2find

Is there any proof that the fraudulent allots were created by the Republicans? It is equally likely that the devious democrats did it to poison the Republican candidates’ reputations.

MNIce
MNIce
29 days ago

On what basis do they declare entire sheets of petition signatures “fraudulent” in the face of testimony from those whose names appear thereon that they personally signed them? The people of Michigan deserve a straightforward explanation.

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