Flawed signature-gathering process ends several Michigan GOP gubernatorial campaigns - Hanson

Five of the 10 Republican Michigan gubernatorial candidates will not be able to appear in the August primary as their nominating petitions were found to have fraudulent signatures and therefore did not fulfil the 15,000-signature requirement. Sinclair Media Group reported that because over a dozen ballot petitions were gathering signatures, along with ten Republican gubernatorial candidates and congressional and local races, the price for signature gathering has skyrocketed across Michigan.      

Ford School professor Jonathan Hanson commented, "If they’re going to be paid by the signature, and the feel that there’s not a lot of clear accountability in that process, they’re certainly incentivized just to get those pages filled out.”