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Flint would get one-time break from election rules under Senate bill

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The Secretary of State says local jurisdictions and school districts in 82 of Michigan's 83 counties are conducting elections today.

Candidates for mayor of Flint would get a one-time break from a state filing deadline under a bill before the Michigan Legislature.

It’s a response to bad information from the city clerk’s office.

The city clerk gave candidates, including the incumbent mayor, the wrong date to file petitions. But that’s no excuse under Michigan election law. Campaigns are supposed to know the deadlines.

But state Senator Jim Ananich says that’s not fair to Flint voters, who haven’t controlled their local government for three years. 

“I want to make sure that my residents of my community have their full voting rights after being under an emergency manager," he said

Without the bill, Flint won’t have an August mayoral primary, and the November election will be all write-in candidates.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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