The ballots for August primary election races in Genesee County were approved and sent for printing Tuesday, May 19, with no Flint ballots included. The Genesee County Election Commission validated ballots and voted to send them to a printer the same day the State Senate approved a plan to allow Flint mayoral candidate names to appear on the August primary. “We’re moving forward, we’re doing our job,” said Genesee County Clerk John Gleason, who sits on the Election Commission alongside Probate Judge Jennie Barkey and County Treasurer Deb Cherry, who was absent from Wednesday’s vote.
The Senate bill — and a companion bill in the state House of Representatives — would give Secretary of State Ruth Johnson the authority to allow Flint candidates on the ballot even though they missed the state deadline to file nominating petitions.
Candidates for mayor and two City Council seats in Flint were given the wrong deadline — April 28 — to file nominating petitions by the office of City Clerk Inez Brown instead of the correct deadline of April 21.