Ex-prosecutor files lawsuit to get in race for Michigan AG

DETROIT (AP) — A federal prosecutor who quit his job to run for Michigan attorney general has filed a lawsuit to try to get on the November ballot.

Chris Graveline of suburban Detroit wants to run as an independent, but he didn't get enough signatures by the July 19 deadline. He and some supporters filed a lawsuit last Friday, arguing that the rules for independent candidates are unconstitutional.

Graveline says Michigan law allows political parties to nominate candidates in August without forcing them to gather signatures. An independent candidate must get 30,000 signatures within six months, and a certain number must come from half of the state's congressional districts.

Graveline is asking federal Judge Victoria Roberts to declare the election law unconstitutional and place him on the ballot.

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