Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Statement from John D. Pirich, Partner at Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn, LLP. on Conyers Campaign Petitions

“On April 18, 2014 Congressman John Conyers, Jr. turned in 2000 signed petitions for the Democratic Primary in the 13th Congressional District of Michigan.”

“When the campaign began to receive questions regarding one or two of the petition circulators, we made attempts to clarify with the Detroit City Clerk's office and the Wayne County Clerk's office. We received registration forms for the two individuals in question that were dated December 13, 2013. We believe that there are one or more other individual circulators who are being challenged. In regards to those challenges, we are prepared to put forward evidence and testimony before the Wayne County Clerk's office and the Michigan Secretary of State to verify their registration status. It must be made clear that any registration deficiency is not the fault of the individuals; the fault lies with the Detroit City Clerk's office and their compliance with the law.”

“Further, on April 30th, we received a letter from Delphine Odem, the Wayne County Elections Director, stating that Congressman Conyers has a sufficient number of signatures to be placed on the primary election ballot in August.”

“Although we have heard various issues with Mr. Pennington and other circulators in question, as well as the Detroit City Clerk's office reviving challenges, the fact of the matter is that there is a primary review process that has many steps that must be taken before the process is completed. In that regard, we are reviewing some 800 signatures that were turned in with registered voters that can be rehabilitated.”

“I am confident that at the end of these proceedings Congressman Conyers will be certified and on the primary election ballot in August.”

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