Unopposed Candidate Left Off Ballot

Curtis Mele expected a third term on the City Council of Benwood, W.VA. On Election Day, he got a call saying his name was accidentally left off the ballot, and another councilman listed in his place.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with the story of a man who lost an election even though he was unopposed.

Curtis Mele expected a third term on the City Council of Benwood, West Virginia; nobody ran against him. But on Election Day, he got a call saying his name was accidentally left off the ballot. Another councilman was listed in his place. The county clerk says there could be a rerun but the councilman disapproves. He's afraid that if there's a revote he might face opposition.

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