Special U.S. House Election Likely in Michigan 13th District

On December 5, news sources are reporting that Congressman John Conyers will resign on December 5. He represents the 13th U.S. House district in Michigan. In 1985, 1987, and 1989, he introduced bills to outlaw restrictive ballot access laws in federal elections. The bills were HR 2320 in 1985; and HB 1582 in both 1987 and 1989. However, the bills never passed, and Conyers never again introduced the bill. Instead, Congressman Tim Penny and then Congressman Ron Paul introduced it in future years.

In 1998, when the ballot access bill introduced by Ron Paul, HR 3526, actually got a vote on the House floor, Conyers voted “no.” It lost 62-363.

UPDATE: this article has Conyers’ retirement letter. It is effective December 5, 2017.


Special U.S. House Election Likely in Michigan 13th District — 10 Comments

  1. NPR was reporting this morning having heard that he wouldn’t resign, but would instead retire at the end of the term . . . and that’s also what I see in a quick search as I write this.

    Act 116 of 1954

    168.633 Special elections; vacancy in office of representative in congress.

    Sec. 633.

    The governor shall call a special election in any congressional district of the state when the right of office of a person elected representative in congress shall cease before the commencement of the term of service for which he shall have been elected, or whenever a vacancy shall occur in the office of representative in congress after the term of service has begun for which such representative was elected; or the governor shall direct that such vacancy shall be filled at the next general election to be held at least 30 days after such vacancy shall occur.

    History: 1954, Act 116, Eff. June 1, 1955
    Popular Name: Election Code

  3. Obviously the HACK Mich Elephant Guv will use the option last part of 633
    — to delay the vacancy special election until the Nov 2018 general election
    — to have one less Donkey robot vote in the gerrymander USA H. of Reps.

    Vacancy Term will be about 56 days – Nov 2018 – Jan 3, 2019.

    Again — candidate/member replacement lists — to NOT have high cost special elections and more extremists.

    Act 116 of 1954

    168.144 Representative in congress; resignation, notice.

    Sec. 144.

    Any person duly elected to the office of representative in congress who desires to resign shall file a written notice containing the effective date of such resignation with the governor and a copy with the secretary of state.

  5. Congress should require special elections to fill vacancies in the House or Senate within 60 days of the vacancy.

  6. Mich has a *regular* cycle of Feb-May (local) and Aug-Nov (federal, state and local) election days.

    Bit late for Feb ??? – perhaps May primary and Aug election ??? at earliest

    — if not the Aug-Nov dates in last part of 168.633 above.

    ART I, SEC 2, CL 4
    When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.

    ART. I SEC 4 CL 1
    The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.


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