- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Flint’s mayoral election will proceed under a law signed Friday to extend the filing deadline after the city clerk provided an incorrect date, causing every candidate to file too late.

“It’s important that Flint voters have their voices heard regarding who their next mayor will be,” Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said.

No candidates are currently on the ballot for the August mayoral primary following the erroneous guidelines from City Clerk Inez Brown. State elections 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 had to be write-in candidates.

The law aims to prevent future errors by authorizing pre- and post-election reviews in Flint’s elections until 2017.

Walling applauded the law in a statement, calling it “the best outcome for the Flint community.”

City Administrator Natasha Henderson said candidates who submitted the required number of valid signatures by the deadline date they were given will appear on the ballot.

“Work will begin immediately to prepare for both elections and ensure that the democratic process is followed,” Henderson said.

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