Small Town Forgets About Election Day, Twice

Officials in Wallsburg, Utah, forgot about organizing one again

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 20, 2013 7:31 PM CST

(Newser) – Let's see, there was something the residents of tiny Wallsburg, Utah, were supposed to do on Election Day earlier this month. What was it again ... ah, yes, they were supposed to vote and, in fact, elect a new mayor and council members. The problem—as the Salt Lake Tribune points out in what has to be the best Election Day story of the year—is that the town's recorder plumb forgot about it, failing to advertise for candidates or otherwise prepare for an election in any conceivable way. Nobody else remembered, either.

"Close to the election day, they called to ask what they should do," the Wasatch County clerk tells AP. Answer: Nothing, again. Yes, "again," because the truly spectacular part is that the same thing happened last time around two years ago in the town of 275. Now the mayor and council members will have to be appointed—instead of elected—to new two-year terms, just like last time. "We will remember them in 2015," says the county clerk. "They will definitely have an election in 2015."

Don't forget ...
Don't forget ...   (Shutterstock)
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