7 Action News Investigators talk with 2 campaign workers behind Congressman Conyers ballot battle

(WXYZ) - 7 Action News has talked with the two young people who gathered petition signatures to put Congressman John Conyers on the ballot for re-election this year. 

Daniel Pennington, 23, and Tiara Willis-Pittman, 23, have claimed they registered to vote back on December 13. 

Records with the Detroit City Clerk and Secretary of State show they registered on April 28. 

Pennington was going to meet with 7 Action News Investigator Jim Kiertzner with what he said was proof he properly registered, but then canceled at the last minute. 

Willis-Pittman said on the phone she filled out the form to register in December and gave it to a woman in the Conyers campaign. 

She said any further comments would have to come from her attorney. 

That means any signatures they gathered on petitions could be invalid. 

Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett says for now, Congressman Conyers falls short of the necessary petition signatures. 

Conyers can appeal to the Secretary of State and to Circuit Court. 

If he loses those he could still run as a write-in candidate.

The issue was first raised by Reverend Horace Sheffield who is running against Conyers. Calls to Congressman Conyers and his attorney on Monday were not returned.

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