DETROIT (AP) – It’s an important day for longtime Detroit congressman John Conyers.
The Detroit Democrat has been disqualified from the August primary ballot because of problems with his nominating petitions. But Michigan election officials are expected to make a decision Friday on Conyers’ appeal.
Separately, a federal judge could make a decision Friday afternoon on Conyers’ challenge to a state law that is giving him headaches.
The Wayne County clerk says some people who collected petition signatures for Conyers weren’t registered to vote or had listed a wrong registration address. That can spoil petitions under Michigan law. As a result, he lacks the 1,000 signatures necessary to get on the ballot.
The 85-year-old has been in Congress since 1965.