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(The Daily Caller)   Town forgets to hold elections. Again. Thus allowing the current mayor and council members to stay in power. Again   (dailycaller.com) divider line 61
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2013-11-20 05:50:15 PM
from wikipedia: As of the census of 2000, there were 274 people, 83 households, and 73 families residing in the town.

it's more interesting when towns that size elect 5 year olds or farm animals as mayor, but 'oops we forgot' is pretty good, too.
 
2013-11-20 06:03:15 PM
is that the national election too, or just local?
 
2013-11-20 08:29:05 PM
They missed holding elections the last two cycles?  Perhaps everyone in the town is satisfied with the incumbents and feel holding elections is just a waste of money better spent on speed traps.
 
2013-11-20 08:29:26 PM
"Your honor, I forgot armed robbery was illegal."

snltranscripts.jt.org
 
2013-11-20 08:29:51 PM
This is just a trial run. After the current round of voter suppression gets shot down by the courts I assume we'll be seeing "forgetting" elections adopted as a new nation-wide strategy.
 
JVD
2013-11-20 08:29:53 PM
LOLWUT?!
 
2013-11-20 08:31:01 PM
Rob Ford's dream town
 
2013-11-20 08:33:57 PM
VERY white, VERY repugnoncon and VERY "yeah, right, you forgot".............
 
2013-11-20 08:35:24 PM
It's the will of the people. They don't give a shiat. Welcome to America.
 
2013-11-20 08:36:05 PM
farm6.staticflickr.com
 
2013-11-20 08:36:24 PM
Obviously whoever in charge of keeping track of these things was in a drunken stupor.
 
2013-11-20 08:37:26 PM
Seems like any eligible voter would be able to sue over this if they cared.

Town that small, probably nobody does.
 
2013-11-20 08:49:44 PM

the801: from wikipedia: As of the census of 2000, there were 274 people, 83 households, and 73 families residing in the town.

it's more interesting when towns that size elect 5 year olds or farm animals as mayor, but 'oops we forgot' is pretty good, too.


It's 83 households. They could rejigger their town charter to have elections every 6 months so everyone could take a turn.
 
2013-11-20 08:51:46 PM
Ah heck...I forgot to pay my property tax. I'll just pay it next time around.
 
2013-11-20 08:51:50 PM
Why is someone within the city responsible for this?  This should be managed by a county or state board of elections.
 
2013-11-20 08:53:17 PM

FeatheredSun: Ah heck...I forgot to pay my property tax. I'll just pay it next time around.


THIS!
 
2013-11-20 08:54:01 PM

Heel It Down The Drain: It's the will of the people. They don't give a shiat. Welcome to America.


Basically it, my hometown was a mine "company town" until the late 50s, when the mine closed the population dropped to almost nothing. the year I graduated there were 87 students, not 87 in the senior class, not high school, but 87 in the entire k-12 school. instead of an election they had a hat that people would put their name in if they wanted to stand for office, on election day there would be a picnic and names would be drawn out of the hat at random and whoevers name was drawn first would be listed as mayor, next 4  would be the city council ect, the only reason they even bothered was if they didn't submit a roster to the state each election cycle the city would risk being unincorporated and for some reason nobody wanted that. sometime in the mid 70s after I left they apparently stopped caring and had the city unincorporated anyway, kinda sad, I wanted to go try out for mayor at least once.


/no none of the positions had any pay or real power, just the joy of being someone important (theoretically) for 4 years.
 
2013-11-20 08:55:23 PM
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"So I went. Again. And I met the President of the United States. Again!"

/that's how I heard the headline
//in my head, that is
 
2013-11-20 08:56:06 PM
The article is short on details but if it's really the second time in a row then it's probable that nobody would show up if they actually held an election.
 
2013-11-20 08:56:13 PM
They probably have the perfect political system wherein the politicians shut the hell up leave things the hell alone. And the people mind their own damned business and leave each other alone.
 
2013-11-20 08:56:56 PM
s2.quickmeme.com
 
2013-11-20 08:57:51 PM

Prey4reign: They missed holding elections the last two cycles?  Perhaps everyone in the town is satisfied with the incumbents and feel holding elections is just a waste of money better spent on speed traps.


APPROVES
 
2013-11-20 08:58:12 PM

Prey4reign: They missed holding elections the last two cycles?  Perhaps everyone in the town is satisfied with the incumbents and feel holding elections is just a waste of money better spent on speed traps.


It's rare that a village that size has a police force. They're usually served by a county Sheriff's Department based in a neighboring town. As for 'mayor' and 'council members'... those will be all but honorary titles, kind of like president, vice president, and secretary of the block book club. By-laws have to allow for challenges to a position, but regular elections aren't required. No challenges, no elections? You're El Presidente for life.
 
2013-11-20 08:58:50 PM
Did they forget, or did they "forget"?
 
2013-11-20 08:58:54 PM
Despite the usual "Oh it's Utah" thing that is bound to happen.
This is on the east side of the Wasatch.
A place even solid LDS citizens of Utah regard as slightly less civilized than any third world country they send missionaries to.
Just my experience.
 
2013-11-20 09:00:50 PM
OK, they didn't tell anyone to file, and they didn't print ballots...

SO? There's about 300 people... so like, what, 200 people of voting age.

Get them together at the golden corral.
"Hey ED!!!"
"Yawnt be mayor again?"
"I reckon"
"All in favor?"
"All opposed?"

"Well... we're done for another 4 years."

Wipe hands on pants.
 
2013-11-20 09:13:30 PM

Pribar: Heel It Down The Drain: It's the will of the people. They don't give a shiat. Welcome to America.

Basically it, my hometown was a mine "company town" until the late 50s, when the mine closed the population dropped to almost nothing. the year I graduated there were 87 students, not 87 in the senior class, not high school, but 87 in the entire k-12 school. instead of an election they had a hat that people would put their name in if they wanted to stand for office, on election day there would be a picnic and names would be drawn out of the hat at random and whoevers name was drawn first would be listed as mayor, next 4  would be the city council ect, the only reason they even bothered was if they didn't submit a roster to the state each election cycle the city would risk being unincorporated and for some reason nobody wanted that. sometime in the mid 70s after I left they apparently stopped caring and had the city unincorporated anyway, kinda sad, I wanted to go try out for mayor at least once.


/no none of the positions had any pay or real power, just the joy of being someone important (theoretically) for 4 years.


That's farked up.  I don't even want to believe it.  I've called up the county clerk before when I didn't get my ballot 2 weeks before the election.  They just apparently like to send them out so late that there's no chance you can mail them in on time - that's why I always drop my ballots off in person.

You can't simply "forget" to hold an election.   That's just city officials hoping no one will notice or do anything about it even if they do.
 
2013-11-20 09:15:13 PM

FrancoFile: Why is someone within the city responsible for this?  This should be managed by a county or state board of elections.


It's Utah, I'm sure they have it all planned out from Temple headquarters in Salt Lake City.
 
2013-11-20 09:17:56 PM

oldwolf49: VERY white, VERY repugnoncon and VERY "yeah, right, you forgot".............


Meh, town this size, party labels are little more than color coding at the town level. Wake me when someone sues. Or even complains - suing would probably mean everyone would look at you funny when you walked into the church.

/the idea that there would be more or less than one church, or that anyone wouldn't attend, can be dismissed as vanishingly unlikely
//dnrtfa
 
2013-11-20 09:18:53 PM

HawgWild: "So I went. Again. And I met the President of the United States. Again!"

/that's how I heard the headline
//in my head, that is


There's no other way to read it.
 
2013-11-20 09:19:32 PM

timswar: This is just a trial run. After the current round of voter suppression gets shot down by the courts I assume we'll be seeing "forgetting" elections adopted as a new nation-wide strategy.


Well wouldn't you know, we just forgot to set up voting stations in colored neighborhoods!
 
2013-11-20 09:25:23 PM
Brent Titcomb

Tit-comb    Hahahahahaha

/Tit-comb
 
2013-11-20 09:32:27 PM
You have to wonder who was in charge of these things?  If it's the town drunk then it's one thing, but if it's the mayor or someone related to the mayor then this is just shady...or brilliant.  I can't decide.
 
2013-11-20 09:35:58 PM

oldwolf49: VERY white, VERY repugnoncon and VERY "yeah, right, you forgot".............


I too hate honkies
 
2013-11-20 09:38:33 PM
Town: meh the jobs are mostly honorary and dont mean shiat anyway. Why bother if we're happy with who we have?

Fark: THISISANOUTRAGE.JPG how dare they not get contentious and political?

Sheesh, people,not everyone looks at politics as better than sunday NFL or a holy crusade to convert the heathens.
 
2013-11-20 09:38:35 PM

Ayaitch: Rob Ford's dream town



profweb.us
 
2013-11-20 09:40:30 PM

angrycrank: Obviously whoever in charge of keeping track of these things was in a drunken stupor.


And smoking crack.
 
2013-11-20 09:48:27 PM
THe same person forgot two cycles in a row?

Hell, if I forgot something big like that ONCE I'd be in the soup line for it.

Seems the one(s) responsible for insuring the elections are held aught to be sacked.  Then pelted with dried potatoes.  Then fired.  Into the sun.  Then dismissed from their job for incompetence.
 
2013-11-20 09:48:40 PM

angrycrank: Obviously whoever in charge of keeping track of these things was in a drunken stupor.


Police are bringing the culprit in for questioning:

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-11-20 09:48:49 PM
VOTERID NOW!
 
2013-11-20 09:50:13 PM

mikaloyd: oldwolf49: VERY white, VERY repugnoncon and VERY "yeah, right, you forgot".............

I too hate honkies


I do as well.
 
2013-11-20 09:54:10 PM

wildcardjack: the801: from wikipedia: As of the census of 2000, there were 274 people, 83 households, and 73 families residing in the town.

it's more interesting when towns that size elect 5 year olds or farm animals as mayor, but 'oops we forgot' is pretty good, too.

It's 83 households. They could rejigger their town charter to have elections every 6 months so everyone could take a turn.


Just like they did for subby's mom.
 
2013-11-20 09:55:28 PM

Saberus Terras: THe same person forgot two cycles in a row?

Hell, if I forgot something big like that ONCE I'd be in the soup line for it.

Seems the one(s) responsible for insuring the elections are held aught to be sacked.  Then pelted with dried potatoes.  Then fired.  Into the sun.  Then dismissed from their job for incompetence.


Hey, good idea!  They should fire the mayor at the next elect... um... never mind.
 
2013-11-20 10:07:02 PM

mikaloyd: oldwolf49: VERY white, VERY repugnoncon and VERY "yeah, right, you forgot".............

I too hate honkies


U.S.-produced vuvuzelas wielded by red-nosed psychopaths sporting evil grins and heavy makeup? Who the fark wouldn't hate that?

www.karneval-alarm.de
 
2013-11-20 10:25:52 PM
If you like your current mayor, you can keep your current mayor.

/democracy is dead
//Obummer killed it
///climate change, etc.
 
2013-11-20 10:28:09 PM
I wonder if the guy in charge of this is an elected official.
 
2013-11-20 10:28:48 PM
Thanks Titcomb!
 
2013-11-20 10:49:45 PM
"This is the second cycle in a row that the town has forgotten to hold an election."
-=-
You know that is BS. That just doesn't go forgotten, it goes ignored!
 
2013-11-20 10:56:18 PM
So disappointed this did not refer to Toronto.
 
2013-11-20 10:59:29 PM
I guess the headline writer didn't see that when town forgets to hold elections new people are appointed to serve until the next election.  The incumbents aren't guaranteed to stay.
 
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