McCotter may not have enough signatures to be on primary ballot

(WXYZ) - There's a chance Congressman Thaddeus McCotter may not be on the ballot this fall.

In preparation for the August Republican Congressional Primary, the Bureau of Elections did what is called a "face review" of the petition signatures that McCotter turned in as part of his re-election campaign in the 11th Congressional District.

That review suggested that McCotter may not have enough valid signatures to be put on the ballot. A candidate needs at least 1,000 signatures, but turn in no more than 2,000 signatures to be considered as a candidate.

The Bureau of Elections will now submit a report along with a recommendation to the State Board of Canvassers, which is scheduled to meet sometime in the first week of June.

If the Board of Canvassers does not certify that McCotter has at least 1,000 valid signatures necessary he will be removed from the primary election ballot. He would then have to win the Republican primary as a write-in candidate in order to be his party's candidate during the fall general election.

The McCotter campaign released the following statement from Rep. McCotter about the situation Friday evening:

I have been apprised my campaign may have submitted insufficient petition signatures to appear on the August primary ballot as a candidate for the 11th Congressional District's Republican nomination.

Fully respecting the accuracy and integrity of the Secretary of State's office, we will thoroughly review our petition signatures for their sufficiency or insufficiency.

Out of respect for Memorial Day, an announcement of our findings will be made public on Tuesday.

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