Long-Serving Dem Rep. Does Not Quality for State Ballot, Clerk Rules

Democrat John Conyers has served in Congress for almost 50 years, and for the first time in all those years he may not end up on the ballot. Candidates are required to hand in 1,000 valid signatures, and the Conyers camp collected roughly 2,000. Unfortunately, a significant portion of this signatures were disqualified for a number of reasons, including many that were not from registered voters, and so Conyers did not meet the required threshold, a Wayne County clerk ruled today.

Which means, for now, Conyers is not on the Democratic primary ballot, but his opponent Horace Sheffield (who challenged Conyers’ signatures) will be.

According to The New York Times, however, the Conyers campaign will be taking legal action to make sure his name gets on the August ballot. Michigan state senator Burt Johnson suggested that Conyers is the “victim” here, and actually said, “We have to ask the obvious question of whether the congressman was set up.”

[h/t Detroit News]
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