(Lansing-WWJ) Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers has kicked U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter off the August primary ballot, ruling he did not submit the required number of nominating petition signatures.

McCotter, a Livonia Republican, has represented Michigan’s 11th Congressional District for the past decade.

He submitted well over the one thousand signatures required to get on the ballot, but election officials said just 244 names were valid.

The board, which consists of two Republicans and two Democrats, issued a unanimous ruling. McCotter had already decided against mounting a write-in campaign.

The office of state Attorney General Bill Schuette is investigating the possibility of fraud, and McCotter has said he welcomes the probe.

Only one name will appear on the GOP primary ballot in August, Milford teacher Kerry Bentivolio. However, write-in candidacies are possible, and two former state lawmakers, Loren Bennett of Canton Township and Nancy Cassis of Novi, say they’re interested.

Two candidates will appear on the Democratic ballot in the 11th District, physician Taj Syed of Canton, and William Roberts of Redford Township.

(Copyright 2012, WWJ Newsradio 950. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press Contributed To This Story.)

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