5 密歇根州共和党州长候选人可能没有资格出现在选票上

在密歇根州选举局发现他们的提名请愿书上的签名无效后,密歇根州州长的五名共和党候选人可能被认为没有资格出现在初选投票上.

The development could scramble the fast-approaching primary on August 2 and winnow the crowded field of 10 Republicans jockeying for the nomination to take on Democratic Gov. 格雷琴·惠特默.
The elections bureau staff found that two leading candidatesformer Detroit Police Chief James Craig and businessman Perry Johnsonhad too few valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. The bureau staff also recommended that three other GOP candidates be excluded from the ballotMichael Brown, Donna BrandenburgMichael Markeyfor a similar reason.
    A gubernatorial candidate in Michigan needs at least 15,000 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.
      Michigan’s Board of State Canvassersmade up of two Republicans and two Democratsis slated to meet Thursday to decide whether to adopt the election bureau’s recommendations.
        In a report released late Monday, elections bureau staff 说过 they had identified 36 petition circulators who submitted at least 68,000 invalid signatures across multiple petition drives for various offices in what the report described as a widespread case of forgeries in signature gathering. The invalid signatures extended beyond those collected for gubernatorial candidates.
        The Bureau is unaware of another election cycle in which this many circulators submitted such a substantial volume of fraudulent petition sheets consisting of invalid signatures, nor an instance in which it affected as many candidate petitions as at present,” 报告说.
          The report said the agencydoes not have reason to believe that any specific candidates or campaigns were aware of the activities of fraudulent-petition circulators.
          一份声明, Johnson called the state’s petition processfatally flawed,” saying iteasily allows criminals to victimize candidates for public office and their thousands of supporters who legitimately sign petitions.
            Johnson said candidates need a way to compare signatures gathered by circulators with the official signatures on Michigan’s voter file.
            The Michigan governor’s race, along with contests for state attorney general and secretary state, is expected to be competitive this fall, four years after Democrats swept all nonjudicial statewide offices.

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