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Election snafu has candidates, residents upset

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

When voters head to the polls in August, they might be in for a surprise.

It appears the list of candidates for mayor of Flint could end up blank, but the city's trying to find another solution.

Flint residents are not in a very forgiving mood after learning of the mishap surrounding this year's mayoral election.

Only one of the four candidates hoping to become the next leader of Flint submitted his nominating petitions on time. The other three filed well after the deadline.

City leaders said the clerk's office informed candidates they had until April 28 to turn their in paperwork, but state officials said the deadline was a week earlier at 4 p.m. April 21.

Flint city councilman Eric Mays was the only person who got his information in on time, but after reviewing the signatures he submitted, some were thrown out. That means he didn't have enough to be placed on the ballot.

All four candidates, including the current mayor of Flint Dayne Walling, might have to be write-in candidates in November, skipping an August primary altogether.

"This is a terrible disservice to the community," Walling said.

Flint's city attorney held a press conference Monday hoping the state will help prevent that.

The cause of the mix-up is under investigation.

The city is still investigating how the error was made in the first place.

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