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Small Town Forgets To Hold Its Elections Again

11/20/2013 03:39 pm ET | Updated Nov 21, 2013

Wallsburg, Utah residents looking to participate in the Democratic process may want to move elsewhere.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday that the city employee responsible for elections oversight forgot to announce a filing period or arrange an official election day. By the time the error was realized, it was too late to hold any voting.

"Wallsburg never advertised or prepared for an election this year, so no one signed up," Wasatch County Clerk Brent Titcomb told the paper. "They’re going to have to appoint the current mayor and council for two more years and they’ll advertise and have people elected [in 2015]."

This was not the first time that Wallsburg suffered such a miscue. The Associated Press added that two years ago, the town of 275 people made the same mistake, leading to appointed city officials.

"We will remember them in 2015," Titcomb said, according to the Associated Press. "They will definitely have an election in 2015."

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Titcomb said the town's mayor is Jay Hortin, who didn't return phone messages left Wednesday by The Associated Press.

The mayor was described by his father as an electrician who may have been unavailable because he was out working.

Of his son extending his mayoral duties, Frank Hortin said, "Somebody's got to do it."

Frank Hortin said he had no clue how town officials forgot to hold an election, adding, "We probably wouldn't have anybody around to get elected anyway."

The town empties out on weekdays because "there's no work around here," Frank Hortin said. "We have a couple of little shops, but people go out of town for work — I drove to Salt Lake for 20 years."

Wallsburg is a mile-high town in the Wasatch Mountains 4 miles from Deer Creek Reservoir. In winter, there's only one way to drive into the town — or out of it. It was incorporated in 1917, according to the Utah League of Cities and Towns.

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