City for­gets elec­tion; not first time for com­mu­nity

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics - From wire dis­patches and staff re­ports

SALT LAKE CITY | A tiny Utah town had to skip an elec­tion ear­lier this month be­cause part-time of­fi­cials for­got to ad­ver­tise or pre­pare for it – and it wasn’t their first elec­tion flub.

Walls­burg, pop­u­la­tion 275 in the Wasatch Moun­tains 40 miles from Salt Lake City, failed to sched­ule an elec­tion two years ago, and city of­fi­cials had to be ap­pointed then.

They were sup­posed to go up for elec­tion Nov. 5, but once again, Walls­burg for­got to get things go­ing, ac­cord­ing to Wasatch County of­fi­cials. The Salt Lake Tri­bune first re­ported on the missed elec­tion.

“They didn’t ad­ver­tise” to draw can­di­dates out of the wood­work and “they just went on with­out do­ing any­thing,” County Clerk Brent Tit­comb said Wed­nes­day. “Close to the elec­tion day, they called to ask what they should do.”

The lead­ers of Walls­burg were told by state elec­tions of­fi­cials to keep serv­ing un­til an elec­tion can be held in two years.

“We will re­mem­ber them in 2015,” Tit­comb said. “They will def­i­nitely have an elec­tion in 2015.”

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