UPDATE: Would-be Lansing mayor candidate removed from ballot

UPDATE (12:05 p.m.) – The race to be the next mayor of Lansing is smaller today.

Marc Townsend was removed from the August 8 Primary ballot today after the Lansing Election Commission determined that Townsend has not been a Lansing resident prior to January 1, 2017.

According to the City Charter candidates must be “a resident of the city for one year prior to taking office” on January 1, 2018.

The Board reviewed Townsend’s filing documents and voter registration history before making the decision today.

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – The Lansing Election Commission will meet today to discuss whether one man who’s running for the office of mayor has lived in the city long enough to qualify.

The city charter requires mayoral candidates live in the city for one year prior to taking office.

The city clerk’s office and the law department say after looking over the filing documents and voting history of candidate Marc Townsend they have enough evidence to question whether he’s been a resident of Lansing long enough to make the cut.

Townsend will have a chance to provide documents supporting his Lansing residency at the meeting.

The commission will hear his arguments and make a decision.

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