Felony reinstated for fake election petition signatures

Brandon Hall
Courtesy photo of Brandon Hall from when he ran for the House of Representatives in 2010.

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Supreme Court has reinstated a felony election forgery charge against a Grand Haven man currently running for a seat in the state legislature.

The Michigan Supreme Court handed down its ruling against Brandon Hall late Wednesday afternoon, saying he could be charged with felony forgery for signing other people’s names to an election petition.

In 2012, Hall collected petition signatures for a man who was running to be an Ottawa County judge. He was then charged with forging signatures on those petitions and has admitted doing so, using different pens and both hands to make the signatures look different.

Hall was originally charged with felony forgery, but he argued he should face a separate misdemeanor instead. An Ottawa County judge agreed with him, dismissing the felony, and the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld that decision.

Prosecutors appealed, sending the case to the state Supreme Court. It ruled the lower courts erred and sent the case back to Ottawa County District Court so the felony case can move forward.

Hall is running in August’s Republican primary for the state House seat to represent the 89th District.

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