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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Michigan Bureau of Elections recommended disqualifying half of the candidates in the Republican primary for Michigan governor because of invalid signatures on their candidate petitions.

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The repbulicant party is the biggest fraud in existence. Can you really blame these doofuses for being so incompetent they got caught?

#1 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-05-24 02:06 PM | Reply

Sure we can.

#2 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-05-24 02:39 PM | Reply

Why does this never seem to happen on nearly the same scale with the Democratic Party?

#3 | Posted by moder8 at 2022-05-24 02:41 PM | Reply

Republicants need to commit fraud to get elected.
Democrats need to commit fraud to make money.

At least, that's the preponderance of the evidence.

#4 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-05-24 03:06 PM | Reply

More "election integrity" from God's Own Party.

Surprise.

#5 | Posted by anton at 2022-05-24 04:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

We are turning into Florida here... PLEASE don't let "Michigan Man" become synonymous with "Florida Man".

#6 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2022-05-24 07:39 PM | Reply

The candidates did not necessarily know the petitions were fraudulent and in fact may have been defrauded themselves if they paid the collectors based on fraudulent signatures.

I agree that all signatures on a fraudulent petition should be tossed but the candidates should get a grace period to attempt to collect legit petitions. Not long deadlines are deadlines but if someone wants to attempt to rectify and believes they have the support then give them a chance. To an extent ballot access laws are bad for voters, so anything that could democratize that process would be good. IMO

#7 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2022-05-24 07:52 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The candidates did not necessarily know the petitions were fraudulent

Ineptitude shouldn't be a saving grace.

We should expect intelligence from our government employees.

#8 | Posted by ClownShack at 2022-05-24 08:04 PM | Reply

The rules apply equally to everyone pal.

#9 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-05-24 08:13 PM | Reply

I agree with you to some extent however ballot access laws are frequently needlessly complex and onerous. Often the reason is keep small grassroots efforts from taking hold. Most jobs you learn as you go and firing someone the first time they make a mistake is not a great way to get good workers. The governorship is a job so you should look at new politicians as new employees.

#10 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2022-05-24 08:16 PM | Reply

This isn't a ballot access issue, it's a signature gathering issue, and all campaigns (except the crooked ones) ensure they have about 1/3 more signatures to overcome these exact circumstances.
I wouldn't be surprised if their campaign staffers (or whatever you want to term them) sat around on a Friday night and just round-robin-ed signing petitions.

#11 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-05-24 08:26 PM | Reply

They tried to get on the ballot using fraudulent signatures. If they or their staff were too lazy to check things, they should not be allowed to run for office.

How difficult is that?

#12 | Posted by RJSquirrel at 2022-05-25 07:14 AM | Reply

Gee....the GOP caught cheating again...
will wonders never cease (rolls eyes)...

#13 | Posted by earthmuse at 2022-05-25 10:00 AM | Reply

#11 & 12

Signature gathering is part of ballot access. As far as all campaigns, yes a professional politician will have a campaign staff to check this sort of stuff but a first time candidate won't necessarily have the staff for it yet or first time staff who are not yet masters of the art. They may or may not have heard the 1/3 rule (I hadn't) before hand.

Point is if they had to get fraudulent signature to get to 15k then giving them an extra week won't change anything. If the fraudulent signatures were gotten by people trying to scam them, and their staff wasn't trained enough then maybe a week might let them correct it. Just glad none of you were ever my bosses.

Note I would be saying the same thing if they were Democratic, Green, Libertarian, Socialist Party USA etc. This isn't about party to me but allowing Americans to have choices at the polls.

#14 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2022-05-26 06:53 PM | Reply

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