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 agency “does not have reason to believe that any specific candidates or campaigns were aware of the activities of fraudulent-petition circulators.”
, Johnson called the state’s petition process
,” saying it
“easily 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.