By Associated Press - Friday, May 2, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - An official says Detroit congressman John Conyers’ run for re-election appears to be in trouble because of problems with his petitions.

Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett says problems are related to two people who collected signatures to get the Democrat on the August primary ballot. She says it doesn’t appear they were registered to vote until late April.

Garrett says her findings are based on a report from the Detroit City Clerk’s office.

But Conyers attorney John Pirich says they registered to vote in December. He says the campaign also is looking to restore 800 signatures that were ruled invalid.

Conyers needs 1,000 signatures collected by registered voters. A decision about his place on the ballot could come Wednesday.

The 84-year-old Conyers was first elected to Congress in 1964.

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