DETROIT (AP) — An election official says longtime Congressman John Conyers of Michigan doesn't have enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot.
Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett said Tuesday that the nominating petitions were insufficient. It follows her report last week finding Conyers more than 400 signatures short of 1,000 needed.
The 84-year-old Democrat was at risk because officials believe several people who signed his petitions don't appear to have been registered voters or had registered too late.
Conyers has three days to appeal Garrett's ruling to the Michigan Secretary of State.
A message was left with Conyers' attorney.
He's the second-most senior member of the House behind fellow Michigan Democrat John Dingell.
Conyers was elected to the House in 1964. He represents Michigan's 13th district, including Detroit.