Federal Judge Orders Rep. John Conyers Back On Aug. 5 Ballot

Source: Christine Ferretti and Darren A. Nichols / The Detroit News

A Detroit federal judge ordered Friday that U.S. Rep. John Conyers be restored to the Aug. 5 primary ballot.

Judge Matthew Leitman did not rule on whether Michigan’s voter registration requirement law was constitutional but ordered the Detroit Democrat on the ballot “because time is of the essence.”

“The court believes it is essential to issue this order now – prior to issuance of a supporting Opinion – in order to provide any party who may wish to appeal as much time as possible in which to do so and in order to maximize the time in which the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit may have to review any possible appeal,” Leitman said in his order.

The ruling came after Ruth Johnson decided earlier Friday that Conyers still lacked enough valid signatures to participate in the primary election.

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