- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Flint’s mayoral election could proceed under legislation sent to the governor’s desk Wednesday, a measure needed after the city clerk provided an incorrect deadline and every candidate filed too late.

No candidates are currently on the ballot for the August mayoral primary following the erroneous guidelines from City Clerk Inez Brown.

The Michigan House and Senate approved final changes to the bill, which extends the filing deadline for Flint’s mayoral primary, and sent it to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk for consideration. The House vote was 95-14, and the Senate vote was 37-1.

State election officials have said Brown mistakenly told candidates their nominating petitions with at least 900 valid signatures were due April 28. The actual deadline was April 21.

Mayor Dayne Walling, Councilman Wantwaz Davis and businesswoman Karen Weaver submitted their petitions after the real deadline.

Michigan law doesn’t permit a clerk to extend a deadline, so without the legislation all three would have to be write-in candidates.

The measure also aims to prevent future errors by requiring the city clerk to attend annual election training and submit materials for the Michigan Department of State’s review before they are made public. Those conditions would last through 2017.

The secretary of state’s office also would be required to conduct an administrative audit of the city clerk’s operations, along with a postelection audit.

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