Lawsuit filed could clear up Conyer's ballot controversy - New York News

Lawsuit filed could clear up Conyer's ballot controversy

Posted: Updated:
Veteran Congressman John Conyers is fighting for a place on the August primary ballot after the Wayne County Clerk's Office determined he does not have enough valid signatures.

The decision came after two of Conyers' circulators were thought to be unregistered voters when they gathered signatures, which is against requirements. Now, a lawsuit has been filed which could clear up the mess.

Robert Davis is filing a federal lawsuit challenging the requirement that petition circulators have to be registered voters. Several courts, including one in Michigan, have already ruled the stipulation to be unconstitutional.

The fact that requirement is still in play could cost Davis his seat on the Highland Park School Board and it could end Conyers' fifty year tenure in Congress.

"There's a First Amendment right to free speech when you circulate petitions for various candidates, for proposals, recall petitions, and that it would be an over burden to say that you have to be a registered voter and of the district. What the judge said was, 'No, you can just circulate those petitions and exercise your free speech,'" says FOX 2's legal analyst Charlie Langton, summarizing one of the court rulings Davis is using to bolster his case.

"The judge should order all of the petitions to be counted whether they were circulated by a registered voter or not. In other words, it doesn't matter when that person registered to vote because it's irrelevant," Langton says.

Rev. Horace Sheffield, who is vying for Conyers' seat in Congress, would disagree.

"The fact that people can go and register after the fact just shows you how desperate people are," he says.

Ballots will go to print in June, leaving Davis and Conyers about a month to do whatever is necessary to appear on it.

A spokesperson for the Secretary of State would not comment as the litigation is pending. The Wayne Co. Clerk's office is also not commenting. Both were named in the lawsuit.

  • Randy WimbleyMore>>

  • Storm damage in Oakland and Macomb counties

    Storm damage in Oakland and Macomb counties

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:27:31 GMT
    Damage was reported across Metro Detroit Sunday after severe storms moved across our area. About 200,000 customers lost power in the hail, heavy rain, strong winds, localized flooding and thunder and lightning.
    Damage was reported across Metro Detroit Sunday after severe storms moved across our area. About 200,000 customers lost power in the hail, heavy rain, strong winds, localized flooding and thunder and lightning.
  • Person of interest sought in April Millsap murder

    Person of interest sought in April Millsap murder

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:57:45 GMT
    We now know more about who police are looking for in the murder of April Millsap, 14, of Armada. Sunday, police released a sketch of a person of interest in the unsolved case.
    We now know more about who police are looking for in the murder of April Millsap, 14, of Armada. Sunday, police released a sketch of a person of interest in the unsolved case.
  • Vigil held for Armada murder victim April Millsap

    Vigil held for Armada murder victim April Millsap

    Saturday, July 26 2014 8:29 PM EDT2014-07-27 00:29:09 GMT
    A vigil took place Saturday night at St. Mary Mystical Rose Church in Armada for April Millsap, 14. The teen's body was found in a wooded area after she went out for a walk with her dog. Police are still searching for her killer.
    A vigil took place Saturday night at St. Mary Mystical Rose Church in Armada for April Millsap, 14. The teen's body was found in a wooded area after she went out for a walk with her dog. Police are still searching for her killer.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Queens teen pleads guilty in crash that killed 4 friends on Long Island

    Queens teen pleads guilty in crash that killed 4 friends on Long Island

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:54:40 GMT
    A New York teenager has pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in a 2012 high-speed crash that killed four of his friends and split his new car in two. Joseph Beer entered the plea Tuesday. He faces five to 15 years in prison, though his attorney is seeking youthful offender status because he was 17 at the time.
    A New York teenager has pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in a 2012 high-speed crash that killed four of his friends and split his new car in two. Joseph Beer entered the plea Tuesday. He faces five to 15 years in prison, though his attorney is seeking youthful offender status because he was 17 at the time.
  • Scenes for "Girls" to be shot at SUNY New Paltz

    Scenes for "Girls" to be shot at SUNY New Paltz

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:51:27 GMT
    Some scenes for the HBO series "Girls" will be shot at the State University of New York at New Paltz.  The series star and creator Lena Dunham will reportedly be directing scenes Tuesday afternoon on the campus 75 miles north of New York City.
    Some scenes for the HBO series "Girls" will be shot at the State University of New York at New Paltz.  The series star and creator Lena Dunham will reportedly be directing scenes Tuesday afternoon on the campus 75 miles north of New York City.
  • Pregnant woman says officer put her in choke hold

    Pregnant woman says officer put her in choke hold

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:52:29 GMT
    A Brooklyn woman who is seven months pregnant released photos that she said show an NYPD officer putting her in a choke hold as she was being arrested for grilling on the sidewalk outside her home.  It's the latest in a string of reported choke holds by police officers. The move is not allowed under NYPD policy.  Miller was expected to meet with Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson on Tuesday to seek charges against police.
    A Brooklyn woman who is seven months pregnant released photos that she said show an NYPD officer putting her in a choke hold as she was being arrested for grilling on the sidewalk outside her home.  It's the latest in a string of reported choke holds by police officers. The move is not allowed under NYPD policy.  Miller was expected to meet with Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson on Tuesday to seek charges against police.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices