State election officials deny request to directly oversee Flint mayoral primary

Aug 1, 2011

The Michigan Secretary of State’s office will not step in to oversee Tuesday’s mayoral primary in Flint.  Two candidates asked the state election office to oversee the primary.   They cited problems in recent elections involving absentee ballots, computer glitches and votes being left in ballot boxes. 

Fred Woodhams is with the Secretary of State’s office.   He says the past problems did not indicate a need for state oversight.  

“The concerns expressed in the letter dealt with isolated incidents from prior elections.   The department in the Bureau of Elections will be conferring regularly with the Flint City Clerk and is confident that she’s capable of running the Flint city election.”   

7 candidates are on the ballot in Flint’s mayoral primary.  The top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary will face off in November’s general election.