Donna Brandenburg and her attorney speak before the Board of State Canvassers, May 26, 2022 | Laina G. Stebbins
Another Republican gubernatorial candidate had an appeal denied by the Michigan Supreme Court.
The court on Wednesday declined to overturn a decision by the Board of State Canvassers that businesswoman Donna Brandenburg did not qualify to appear on the Aug. 2 Republican primary ballot.
Brandenberg was among five Republican candidates for governor who were tossed off of the ballot after the Bureau of Elections (BOE) released a report last month detailing an “unprecedented” number of fraudulent signatures on their petitions.
That ruling was then upheld when the Board of State Canvassers (BSC) deadlocked along party lines, prompting Brandenberg and several other candidates to turn to the courts for relief.
While there is no evidence the candidates were aware the petitions contained fraudulent signatures, state election officials say it is ultimately the candidates responsibility to make sure they have enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.
Brandenberg is just the latest GOP candidate that has failed to convince the courts to intervene. Self-described “quality guru” Perry Johnson, former Detroit police Chief James Craig and investment adviser Michael Markey also sued in state court to get on the ballot but were rejected last week.
On Monday, Johnson took his case to federal court, arguing that he would “suffer immediate and irreparable harm because defendants’ unconstitutional enforcement of the statutory signature requirements.”
That case is pending.
Craig has said he’s exploring options to get back on the ballot.
There are currently five GOP hopefuls on the Aug. 2 ballot: Far-right activist Ryan Kelley, businessman Kevin Rinke, right-wing media personality Tudor Dixon, chiropractor Garrett Soldano and the Rev. Ralph Rebandt.
The winner of the GOP primary will be up against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Nov. 8.
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