Ballot mix-up spurs ‘Giggles the Pig’ write-in effort

Associated Press

Flint — A lawyer wants to enter his pet pig into the race for Flint mayor after a mix-up threatened to keep names of mayoral candidates off the primary election ballot.

The Flint Journal reports Michael Ewing started the “Giggles the Pig for Flint Mayor” effort after recent word that the August primary could be skipped unless a judge intervenes and all candidates would have to file as write-ins for the November general election.

Ewing says an all-write-in mayoral race will result in residents electing an unqualified leader.

State elections officials have said that Flint’s clerk mistakenly told candidates that nominating petitions were due by April 28, but candidates later were told they missed the actual deadline