We already know that the Democrats are used to being a bit shady when it comes to counting. It doesn’t even matter what they’re counting. If there’s a way to count more or less of something so that they come out on top, they do it.
We’ve seen the way that they count ballots in their favor, people for the census, and more.
Now, we’re dealing with the gubernatorial race against Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan.
The Democratic governor is no one’s friend. She has watched cities struggle with clean water, she has broken her own COVID restrictions, and she’s made people’s lives so miserable that there was even a kidnap attempt.
Quite a few Republicans are running against her in the hope of being able to make Michigan a red state – and improve life for everyone who resides there.
There’s just one problem – it seems that the counts aren’t adding up in favor of the Republicans. And election day hasn’t even gotten here yet.
So, what in the world is going on?
Someone has to unseat Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer. And that means that the GOP needs to put its best foot forward. Quite a few Republican candidates have submitted their petitions to qualify for the GOP primary ballot.
There should be around 10 candidates on the ballot. Everyone knows what it takes to get onto the ballot – at least 15,000 signatures, which includes at least 100 from each congressional district. It’s possible to submit up to a total of 30,000 signatures for review.
According to the Michigan Bureau of Elections, several people aren’t submitting enough valid petition signatures.
This means one of two things – they either submitted fewer signatures than what was actually needed, or the Bureau of Elections is choosing to count selectively so that GOP candidates who are likely to win won’t show up on the ballots.
The assumed 10 candidates that should be on the ballot may be cut down to only five. The reason that this is concerning is that there are two candidates that were going to be frontrunners – businessman Perry Johnson along with James Craig, the former Detroit chief of police.
Detroit News identified that there was a bureau staff report citing that there were 36 petition circulators being tracked by election officials. These circulators “submitted fraudulent petition sheets consisting entirely of invalid signatures.
The Bureau of Elections reported that they were “unaware of another election cycle in which this many circulators submitted such a substantial volume of fraudulent petition sheets consisting of invalid signatures.”
So, was the GOP doing something shady, or did the bureau choose to count these signatures as invalid when, realistically, they are valid? That’s still the question that we’re trying to figure out.
The bureau estimates that, across the 10 candidates, there were at least 68,000 invalid signatures associated with them. As such, many of the candidates did not have a sufficient number of signatures to make it onto the ballot.
With Craig being the frontrunner, he turned in over 21,000 signatures, though only a bit over 10,000 was “facially valid,” which means he falls below the required 15,000. Unless some kind of issue can be found as to why over 11,000 signatures were found to be invalid, his name won’t appear on the GOP primary ballot.
Johnson, who is the wealthiest within the GOP primaries race, only submitted 13,800 valid signatures – with over 9300 being considered invalid.
Johnson made a campaign statement identifying that the petition process is “fatally flawed.” He went on to say that “We must bring quality to the petition process by allowing campaigns a mechanism to compare signatures that are gathered by circulators with signatures on the Qualified Voter File to ensure their legitimacy.
Craig, meanwhile, is hoping that the state’s attorney general will open a criminal investigation to look into the nature of the fraudulent signatures.
It does appear that the GOP candidates are in agreement – there’s an orchestrated effort to keep qualified GOP candidates off the ballot.