Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Michigan Radio: Judge orders state to put independent Attorney General candidate's name on November ballot

The following was originally published in michiganradio.org


The Michigan Secretary of State must place an independent candidate for Attorney General’s name on the November ballot if he submits the right paperwork, a federal judge ruled Monday.
Independent candidate Christopher Graveline submitted nominating petitions with over 14,000 signatures by the state deadline in July. But those were rejected because Graveline did not meet the 30,000-signature threshold required by state law.
That law is unique to independent candidates. Statewide office candidates for both the two major and other minor parties are decided at nominating conventions.
After being denied by the Secretary of State, Graveline sued over what he calls Michigan’s unconstitutionally burdensome rules on ballot access for independents...

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