Will John Conyers remain off the ballot?

By Mara MacDonald - Reporter
Headline Goes Here

The Wayne County Clerk has ruled John Conyers did not qualify for the primary ballot.

DETROIT - After nearly 50 years in Congress, John Conyers is off the ballot -- for now.

The Wayne County clerk is determining whether Conyers doesn't have enough valid signatures to qualify, but multiple legal challenges are in the works.

Despite this mess Conyers said he has no intention of retiring.

It's another election cycle and another long-term Michigan congressman that's off the ballot because of bad signatures and petition gatherers that don't meet the requirements -- namely because they're not registered voters.

However, Conyers hasn't seemed too ruffled by the challenge, with his ballot fiasco now headed to federal court.

[RELATED: Now the real fight begins for John Conyers]

Two lawsuits are already in process challenging Michigan law that's been on the books since 1966, which states if you're going to circulate petitions you need to be a registered voter.

The lawsuits -- one from litigious union activist Robert Davis and the other from the American Civil Liberties Union -- both claim that law is unconstitutional.

"The Detroit Citizens Corps Council fully supports representative Conyers in his re-election campaign, and I have every confidence that when the long process is complete Rep. Conyers will continue to serve the people of Michigan," said Steve Israel, DCC chairman.

The legal challenge from team Conyers is expected to drop in the next 48 hours.

Copyright 2014 by ClickOnDetroit.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.