Conyers planning appeal to get back on ballot

By JEFF KAROUB | May 16, 2014 | 11:04 AM EDT

In this Nov. 6, 2012 photo, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., addresses supporters during the Michigan Democratic election night party in Detroit. Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett is expected to make her final determination Tuesday, May 13, 2014 on whether the longtime congressman should be on the Aug. 5 primary ballot. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) — A campaign official says longtime Michigan Congressman John Conyers will appeal a decision that knocks him off the primary ballot in August.

Conyers' campaign chairman Bert Johnson says the five-decade Democratic lawmaker from Detroit plans to file an appeal Friday with the Michigan Secretary of State. Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett ruled this week that he lacked enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 ballot because some petition circulators hadn't complied with state voter registration requirements.

The expected filing comes a day after Conyers joined a federal lawsuit taking aim at the requirement that petition collectors be registered voters. The suit was filed against Garrett and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson by the American Civil Liberties Union's state chapter on behalf of two petition circulators and others.