U.S. Rep. John Conyers will remain off the Aug. 5 ballot after Secretary of State Ruth Johnson decided Friday that the Detroit Democrat still lacks enough valid signatures to participate in the primary election.
Johnson found that Conyers had 455 valid signatures — almost 140 fewer signatures than Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett recorded last week when she threw the longest-serving African-American in Congress off the ballot. Garrett disqualified hundreds of signatures for Conyers’ candidacy because of voter registration problems with his circulators, putting him below the 1,000 signatures needed to make the ballot.
Johnson said in a Friday report that Garrett correctly determined that Conyers didn’t have the 1,000 valid signatures needed to make the ballot and “renders him ineligible.”
The decision means the Rev. Horace Sheffield III of Detroit is still the only Democrat on the ballot for the 13th Congressional District seat, which covers Detroit and other parts of Wayne County.