Longtime Congressman Loses One Ballot Bid, Wins Another

Longtime Michigan Congressman John Conyers lost one bid to get his name on the August primary ballot Friday, but won the second as a judge issued an injunction a few hours later.

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. (File)

DETROIT (May 23, 2014) Michigan election officials Friday affirmed a decision to keep longtime U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., off the August primary ballot, but just a few hours later, U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman issued an injunction ordering that Conyer’s name be included on the ballot.

The Secretary of State's office said earlier Friday it found problems with the Detroit Democrat's nominating petitions.

Conyers was required to file signatures from at least 1,000 voters in his district.

Conyers appealed to the state after Detroit-area election officials said there were problems with some people who collected signatures.

The circulators weren't registered to vote or had listed a wrong registration address. Under Michigan law, that can spoil the petitions.

Conyers, 85, has been in Congress since 1965.


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