- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Senate has voted to allow the filing deadline for Flint’s mayoral primary to be extended after a clerk’s error left candidates off the August ballot.

Legislation approved 34-2 Tuesday would allow an adjustment this year in the filing deadline for city offices if a clerk publishes the wrong deadline. The bill next goes to the House for its consideration.

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

Michigan law doesn’t permit a clerk to extend a deadline.

Mayor Dayne Walling, Councilman Wantwaz Davis and businesswoman Karen Weaver submitted their petitions after the real deadline. They would be write-in candidates unless the deadline is extended.

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