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Flint's City Clerk responds to concerns about absentee ballots

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Flint's city clerk is defending her office’s handling of absentee ballot applications ahead of the next month’s primary election.

This month the ACLU alleged the Flint City Clerk needed to speed up the processing of absentee ballot requests. A judge ordered the clerk’s office to clear a backlog of applications.

Flint City Clerk Inez Brown says more than 11 thousand requests have been processed and nearly a third of primary ballots have been returned.

“We are up to date contrary to what anybody may say," said Brown. "We are up to date.”

Brown criticized those who have questioned her office’s handling of the absentee ballot applications accusing them of “suppressing the vote” by raising doubt in voters’ minds.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting. During his two and a half decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic. Q&A