Court denies Perry Johnson, Michael Markey appeals to appear on gubernatorial primary

Court denies Perry Johnson, Michael Markey appeals to appear on gubernatorial primary
Published: Jun. 1, 2022 at 12:26 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2022 at 5:57 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that GOP gubernatorial candidates Perry Johnson and Michael Markey should not appear on the 2022 ballot.

Johnson, a business owner from Oakland County, and Markey were rejected by the Board of State Canvassers for failing to turn in the 15,000 valid signatures required to run for governor in Michigan. Johnson’s campaign claimed the State of Michigan Bureau of Elections broke the law by failing to check every single signature before disqualifying him.

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Johnson had asked the Court of Appeals to compel the Board of State Canvassers to certify his name on the upcoming ballot, but the court ruled in favor of the Board of State Canvassers.

“We conclude that Johnson has not carried his burden of establishing that he is entitled to a writ of mandamus,” the court wrote in an opinion. “So, we deny his complaint.”

The Court said Markey’s suit to get on the ballot was denied “for the same reasons set forth in Johnson v Bd of State Canvassers.”

Johnson’s could appeal the decision to the Michigan Supreme Court, a move he’s indicated he’d be willing to take.

Former Detroit mayor James Craig, also rejected for insufficient signatures, has stated his intent to appeal the decision by the Board of State Canvassers on similar grounds.

Update: Michigan Court of Claims declines to put James Craig on 2022 ballot

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