North Dakota town gets voter turnout of zero
For once it was true: one vote could have made all the difference.
BISMARCK, N.D. - Pillsbury Mayor Darrel Brudevold said voter turnout in the city's primary election usually is fairly high.
"I dare say a half-dozen people usually make it to the polls," he said. That represents about a quarter of the residents in the Barnes County farming community in southeastern North Dakota.
But, on June 10, no-one showed up. Not even those on the ballot.
Brudevold ran unopposed for re-election. His wife, Ruth, and Dan Lindseth faced no challengers for their alderman seats.
"Everybody has got a job and they're busy," Brudevold said. "It just worked out that nobody seemed to go down there to the polls."
Only about 11 people live in Pillsbury proper, and the remainder of the residents live on farms outside the city.
There is no precinct in town, so residents must drive about 20 kilometres to neighbouring Sibley to cast their votes.
Brudevold's wife, Ruth, runs the beauty shop and is the town's postmaster. She said she was too busy with work to make it to the polls.
Brudevold said he intended to vote, but he had crops to tend.
He said he assumed at least one person would show up to vote. But, since no one did, Brudevold said he'll ask state election officials what to do next.
Brudevold, who has been mayor for a dozen years and was an alderman before that, said he doesn't think the current five-member body will change.