Review Finds Conyers Short of Needed Number of Petitions

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich, asks a question of a witness, during a hearing on voting issues, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photos/Susan Walsh)
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A petition review finds that longtime U.S. Rep. John Conyers does not have enough signatures to appear on the August ballot.
The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and broadcasters report that Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett issued a report Friday finding Conyers is more than 400 signatures short of the 1,000 needed for the Aug. 5 primary ballot. The 84-year-old Democratic congressman is at risk because officials believe two people don't appear to have been registered voters when they circulated petitions for him.
Garrett has until Tuesday to determine whether Conyers should be on the ballot. Conyers would have three days to appeal to the Michigan Secretary of State.
An attorney representing Conyers says in a statement that he's "optimistic" there will be more than enough signatures for the ballot.

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