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Flint mayoral hopefuls miss deadline due to 'clerical error'

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

FLINT, Mich. - Flint's mayor and others seeking the job could be left off an August primary ballot due to what one official calls a "clerical error."

Mayor Dayne Walling, Councilman Wantwaz Davis and businesswoman Karen Weaver turned in their nominating petitions after an April 21st deadline. State elections officials say Flint Clerk Inez Brown mistakenly told candidates the deadline was Tuesday.

Councilman Eric Mays filed on April 6th and therefore would be on the ballot.

State officials say there is "no remedy" since state law doesn't permit a clerk to extend a deadline.

City Attorney Peter Bade says in a statement "voters should not be disenfranchised because of a clerical error." He tells The Flint Journal he'll ask a judge to allow the election to proceed with the candidates on the ballot.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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