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Conyers Finds Irony In Battle With State Law Aimed At Protecting Incumbents

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) told Breitbart News he found it “ironic” that his state’s  election laws that ordinarily protect incumbents like himself from upstart challengers who are relegated to write-in campaigns snagged him instead.

“We got an election lawyer. Everything is working out, I think, pretty smoothly,” Conyers said.  A federal judge will decide today whether the 85 year old 25 term Democrat will be allowed on the August 5 Democratic primary ballot or be forced to go the route of a write-in campaign.

According to the Michigan Department of State filing requirements for candidates who are seeking the Republican or Democratic Party nominations to the U.S. House of Representative “must file an Affidavit of Identity and a partisan nominating petition bearing a minimum of 1,000 valid signatures no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 22, 2014.” Up to 2,000 signatures can be filed to cover the minimum signature requirement.

The individuals gathering those petition signatures must be registered voters and fill out their address on the petition forms where they are registered to vote. Unfortunately, for Conyers, some of his petition signature collectors were not registered voters or put an incorrect registration address on the petitions. Although a technicality, such a situation ruins pages of potential valid signatures rendering them void in the eyes of the law.

The American Civil Liberties Union is representing the two signature petition gatherers. Conyers would have until July 25 to file a Declaration of Intent with the appropriate filing official if the case does not go his way and he ultimately decides to become a write-in candidate during the primary.


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