The northwest Iowa town of Quimby had the unusual distinction of holding a city election with no candidate names on the ballot. Tim Preuss has been Quimby’s mayor for the past four years, but he didn’t collect petition signatures to place his name on Tuesday’s ballot for reelection.
The townsfolk reelected him to another term anyway. Of the 69 people who voted in Quimby, 57 of them wrote his name in for mayor. That’s over 82% of the vote. The town of Quimby had 368 residents when the last Census was taken in 2000. No one from the town stepped forward to run for three seats on the city council, either.
Voters wrote in lots of names — 10 people got more than four votes each. The top three vote-getters were elected to Quimby’s city council, one of whom had been appointed to the city council to serve out the term of someone who had resigned.