M-01 Race: Filing Issue Could Leave Sole Democrat’s Name Off Primary Ballot

“My name will be on the ballot in November as a consequence of us winning the primary in August,” Matt Morgan, said.

U.S. congressional candidate Matt Morgan remains confident his campaign will continue running strong, despite a filing flub that could leave him off the primary ballot.

The Michigan Bureau of Elections told the only democratic candidate that they won’t count the majority of his nominating petition signatures.

“The Bureau of Elections told us that because of a technical issue with our nominating petitions that they couldn’t recommend to the Board of Canvassers that they could be certified,” Morgan, said.

According to the state, this entire issue stems from the address Morgan used while collecting signatures.

“We’re not able to count the petition and the signatures on them as valid, state law clearly requires that a candidate’s address be put on it, not a P.O. Box Address,” Secretary of State Communications Director Fred Woodhams, said.

The vast majority of those nominating petitions listed Morgan’s address as P.O. Box 1033 in Traverse City.

“The instructions on the petitions themselves just state that the candidates name, address, affiliation and office so we followed those instructions,” Morgan, explained.

During our sit-down interview, the democrat maintains he is in fact a resident of Grand Traverse County and the address issue is just a mistake.

“I live in Traverse City, I live just outside of town on old mission peninsula, we’ve been in T.C. for about 5 years,” Morgan, added.

But it is a mistake that could be costly, Morgan is going up against republican incumbent Jack Bergman, in a “red” district.

“We knew the campaign would present challenges to us, this is an obstacle this is something that we are going to get through,” Morgan, said.

Morgan and his campaign say they are going to fight to get on the primary ballot, but if that doesn’t work they’re prepared to run as a write-in for at least the August primary.

“As the only candidate with a great, strong volunteer base and a lot of people enthusiastic about this race I think we are not going to have any issue getting the number of write-ins we need to end up on the ballot in November.

Morgan will need around 3,000 votes.

The Board of Canvassers will make a final decision on the make-up of the primary ballot at the end of the month.

 

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