Rep. John Conyers may be barred from primary ballot due to lack of legal signatures

Rep. John Conyers may not be on the ballot for the Michigan Democratic primary on August 5. The liberal congressman, running for his 26th term, could be barred from running because two of his campaign workers gathering signatures for his petition were not registered to vote, as they are required to be under Michigan law.

Two petition collectors for U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, do not appear as registered voters in Michigan, according to a Detroit News search of the state’s qualified voter list.

In addition, report Marisa Schultz and Christine MacDonald, the initial two Conyers’ petition circulators challenged by primary opponent Rev. Horace Sheffield were marked in state records as having been registered on Monday — more than a week after Conyers’ campaign turned in the petition signatures.

These are the latest development into Conyers’ efforts to secure a 26th term in office and Sheffield’s effort to keep the liberal icon off the Aug. 5 primary ballot.

The lack of voter registration for two more petition collectors from Detroit may cast into doubt another 211 signatures gathered for Conyers, who currently has 1,193 valid signatures and needs 1,000 to remain on the ballot. But one petition circulator has the same name as several other Detroiters whom the state shows as registered voters, meaning there is a possibility he is registered at a different address than the one listed on his petitions.

Conyers' wife, Monica Conyers, turned in 12 signatures on her petition sheet dated March 19, including herself and her son, Carl Conyers. The final signature on the form was John Conyers himself.

Monica Conyers, the former president of the Detroit City Council, was released from prison in September after serving a 37-month sentence for bribery at a federal women’s prison camp in Alderson, W.Va..

If you're worried about Mr. Conyers getting on the ballot and being re-elected, don't be. Remember, these guys are Democrats - Democrats from Detroit. No doubt 200 or so other signatures on a petition will be magically discovered and Conyers will have his 26th term.

And the clerk who wants to bar Conyers from running? If I were him, I would move to another city - someplace safe like Chicago. Both John and Monica Conyers are not the sort of people that you want to have angry at you.

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