The small town of Waldenburg, Arkansas, set up for its mayoral elections. All seemed right with the world. Three men were in the running for the job to serve those in the town with a mere population of 80. The incumbent was William H. Wood. The two challengers were Ronnie Chatman and Randy Wooten.
Randy thought his chances were slim to none when he left. In fact, his joke to friends, (all 80 of them in town) was that even if he didn’t win, he would get at least one vote, so he wouldn’t be ashamed of himself.
Roxanne Wooten, Randy’s wife, went to City Hall the day of the election to see how it all turned out. She looked down the three names which listed the current number of votes each had. Randy Wooten didn’t have a single vote next to his name. Roxanne was taken aback.
Roxanne went home and asked her husband why he hadn’t voted for himself. She told Randy she had seen the listings, and he had no votes next to his name.
Randy had already been in to vote. So was it a matter of election fraud, a simple clerical error (keeping track of all 80), or did Randy have a change of heart at the last minute.
The election ended with the incumbent getting 18 votes, the challenger Chatman also getting 18 votes—and Wooten getting 0 votes.
Sure Wooten could ask about election fraud for his lost vote, but it would seem he has a larger question looming: Who did Roxanne vote for?
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