Candidate wins election despite getting no votes (Thinkstock/AP )
Candidate wins election despite getting no votes
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An Iowa farmer who was running unopposed for his school board failed to earn any votes, not even his own. But he'll probably still get the job.
 
Randy Richardson, 42, didn't find time to vote for himself between his full-time maintenance job at a bean processing plant in Riceville and his chores on his farm near McIntire. This is according to The Des Moines Register.
 
Richardson was recruited to run by school staff. And though he said he's "run paper thin the way it is," he agreed because he has two kids in the district.
 
Neighbor Jessie Miller said there wasn't any key issue to drive her to vote in the school board race.
 
"I would've voted for him!" she said. "He's an awesome guy."
 
Riceville is a farming community of around 500 residents. It is near the Minnesota border. The school board district Richardson was running for is also home to a number of Amish and Mennonite farmers. They typically don't vote.
 
There are only 122 registered voters who could have voted for Richardson. Across the entire school district, only 36 people voted in the Sept. 8 election.
 
School board president Karl Fox, who also farms, said the timing of last week's vote was unfortunate. It's a busy time of year for fieldwork, he said.
 
Fox said farmers have a hard time sacrificing a day of nice weather at this time of year. Many people in the area have to drive 50 miles or more to get to work each day.
 
"It's hard to get the general public to remember when to vote for president," Fox said.
 
But Richardson will likely still get the job on the Riceville School Board because the board probably will appoint him to fill the seat he was running for, Fox said.

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How did Randy Richardson "win” the election without receiving any votes?
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COMMENTS (47)
  • nathanr-ver
    9/28/2015 - 02:44 p.m.

    That's still really confusing how someone could win an election without getting votes.

  • TaylorSeifert-Ste
    9/28/2015 - 09:07 p.m.

    I kind of love this story. It's just nice to see that for once people didn't have to compete with others to simply live life. Going through everyday it just seems like everyone wants to be better than everyone else. I wish people could work to be the best person for themselves, instead of looking at others and seeing how they could do what the other person does only better. Hopefully Richardson gets the job because he sounds like a good guy.

  • mayaw-6-bar
    9/28/2015 - 09:13 p.m.

    Randy Richardson "won" the election with out receiving any votes because he was unopposed, and only a small amount of people could have voted for him but they were all busy. The people were busy farming or enjoying their nice days. I think this article is interesting because though there are such a small amount of people that are registered as voters in the Riceville, I am surprised not even one person voted. This also surprises me because if this were a presidential election and only one person out of every 122 people voted then I wonder if the president would be different right now, or if the polls would be different right now.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    9/28/2015 - 09:20 p.m.

    I think that it may be very obvious because a candidate can't win without any votes because if something has more votes than the other candidate, then the candidate that has the most vote wins but this guy had won without receiving any votes. I don't think that it is not possible for a candidate to win an election without receiving any votes.

  • Brandon1231-YYCA
    9/28/2015 - 10:00 p.m.

    He had won the election because he just did it. He did it with skills that nobody int he whole wide world should know about. He had done the impossible and had done something nobody had every done. He will be the next mission impossible and he will win the world with these awesome missions.

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    9/28/2015 - 10:01 p.m.

    I think that it is amazing for Randy Richardson to have won the election without any points. I think that he won the election because a lot of people supported for him. The only reason why they didn't vote is because they didn't have any time and that they didn't usually vote for anyone.

  • kayleeu-2-bar
    9/29/2015 - 08:03 p.m.

    Randy Richardson won the election without receiving any votes because not many people voted and most people do not remember to vote for president of the school board. Many of the people did not vote because it was farming season and the city was about 50 miles away. Also many people do not remember to vote for president of the school board because they have busy lives. Finally, people that lived around Randy did not vote for things like that because of what they believed in. For example amish farmers did not vote.

  • sierrab-ste
    9/30/2015 - 09:08 a.m.

    Was there anybody else running? If 36 people came in and voted, but nobody voted for him, why will he still be given the seat? I think it's pretty cool though that the people who are voted there are all farmers and have other jobs, they're not just politicians who don't do anything else with their lives. But that town definitely needs way more people to start voting! Only 36 votes out of 500 people is crazy.

  • justinw-969174-
    9/30/2015 - 01:09 p.m.

    because the board likes him.

  • k'lap-
    9/30/2015 - 01:11 p.m.

    He won without receiving any votes because not a lot of people voted so the board appointed him to fill the seat he was running for.

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