Michigan election officials have affirmed a decision to keep longtime Detroit congressman John Conyers off the August primary ballot.

 

The Secretary of State's office said Friday it found problems with the Democrat's nominating petitions. Conyers is required to file signatures from at least 1,000 voters in his district. Conyers had appealed to the state after Detroit-area election officials said there were problems with some people who collected signatures. The circulators weren't registered to vote or had listed a wrong registration address. Under Michigan law, that can spoil the petitions.

 

The 85-year-old Conyers has been in Congress since 1965. He has other legal options. A federal judge is expected to rule later Friday on Conyers' request to throw out the law as unconstitutional.