Ballot Issue In Sault Ste. Marie Causes City Candidates to Run as Write-Ins

A ballot issue in Sault Ste. Marie is forcing city candidates to run as write-in’s. 

9&10’s Aaron Parseghian is in the Sault with more on what’s causing the ballot problem.

Due to a lack of candidates, there wasn’t a primary election in the City of Sault Ste. Marie and in November, voters in the city might not see any eligible candidates on their ballot. 

The state ruled that the city did not meet their filing deadline.

As it stands right now, five candidates running for city commissioner positions and both mayoral candidates will be left off the ballot, forced to run as write-ins.

There are two candidates on the ballot, but they’ve already been appointed to fill vacancies. 

According to the state, all nominating petitions for candidates had to have been filed at least 15 weeks before August 8th. 

The Sault Ste. Marie City Charter says candidates had to file just 12 weeks before the primary. 

The Secretary of State’s offices says state deadlines take precedence. 

"State law in this case trumps the city charters deadline and because of that there is simply no candidates filed in time to be on the ballot for the Sault Ste. Marie election," said Secretary of State’s Office Spokesman Fred Woodham. 

City officials refused to talk about the ballot issue. They did say that the city’s attorney is working to resolve the problem. 

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