Longtime Michigan Rep. John Conyers will likely appear on an upcoming primary ballot after the state of Michigan declined Friday to challenge a federal-court ruling that affirmed his official candidacy. “Based on the facts of the judge’s order, the state has decided not to appeal in the Conyers case,” the Michigan Department of State said in a brief statement Friday.
In a preliminary-injunction order last week, U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Leitman of the Eastern District of Michigan essentially reversed the rulings by county and state election officials who found Mr. Conyers has failed to submit enough valid petition signatures to qualify for the ballot in his coming primary race.
The congressman representing a large swath of Detroit submitted more than 2,000 signatures to be placed on the August primary ballot, exceeding the required 1,000. But election officials had disqualified hundreds of signatures, in large part because campaign workers soliciting those signatures weren’t registered to vote as required by state law.
Full Article: Michigan Won’t Appeal Conyers Ballot Ruling – WSJ.