Write-in candidate expects to be on ballot

Matt Morgan

MARQUETTE — After being disqualified from being placed on the ballot for the primary election due to listing a P.O. box instead of an address, Democrat Matt Morgan’s name was written in by more than 4,000 people in Marquette County as a candidate Michigan’s 1st Congressional District.

Morgan, a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer, seeks to replace U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, who was unopposed in Tuesday’s election, and believes he will be placed on the November ballot after receiving a large number of write-in votes.

“Sorry to keep you hanging, but we’ve been working with our committed voting officials all day. Bottom line: More than 30,000 voters wrote in my name… nearly 10x the number required,” said Morgan in a Wednesday Twitter post.

In order to get on the November general election ballot, Morgan needed 5 percent of Democratic voters to write in his name.

Michigan’s 1st Congressional District is a United States Congressional district containing the entire Upper Peninsula of Michigan and 16 counties of northern Michigan in the Lower Peninsula.

Morgan posted on Tuesday that unofficial numbers suggest more than seven times the required number of write-in votes were cast to get him on the ballot in November. According to the Marquette County website, Morgan received 4,388 votes and Bergman received 4,522.

The Mining Journal reached out to Morgan’s campaign and the Michigan Secretary of State office for comment but did not hear back before press time.