A dead man has been elected mayor of Montague, Michigan. Henry Roesler Jr., who had already served 10 consecutive terms, died a week before the election but still secured more votes than challenger Kevin Erb.
Roseler received 129 votes compared to 115 for Erb, but it’s the latter who’ll serve the two-year term after city officials determined that a dead man can’t actually receive votes. So votes Roseler, who died of cancer, don’t count. Erb previously ran against Roseler in 2009 but lost.
While the idea of a dead man winning an election might seem odd, it’s far from the first time this kind of thing has happened. And one of the most unusual victories came in a campaign where campaigner Michael Moore entered a ficus tree in an election. Two bushes have also been elected president of the White House over the years.