Singer Kid Rock made headlines earlier this summer when he said that he is considering a U.S. Senate bid. However, these plans are now in jeopardy, as his well-known stage name may be ineligible to appearon a Michigan ballot.
Western Journalism reported that even if Kid Rock is able to get enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, the Michigan Bureau of Elections would have to determine whether the name “Kid Rock” would be allowed. Because of this, he may need to run under his real name, which is Robert Ritchie.
The “Affidavit of Identity and Receipt of Filing” in Michigan lists various stipulations regarding the way a candidate can have his or her name on a ballot.
For example, a candidate “may specify a name that constitutes a common law name in accordance with the Michigan Department of State guidelines” or “may specify that both his or her given name and middle name, or only a middle name, shall appear on the ballot.” The rules also say that a candidate cannot use a “nickname that is not a recognized diminutive of the candidate’s given name.”
If Kid Rock is not able to use his stage name, it could come as a major blow to his campaign, as it would ruin his opportunity to use his widespread name recognition.
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