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Botched balloting keeps tiny Kansas town from dissolving

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TOPEKA, Kan. — The central Kansas town of Frederick has dwindled over the decades to just 10 people. Its only real expense is a $55-a-month electric bill for a half-dozen or so street lights that illuminate the unpaved streets.

Some residents want to dissolve their city, but that hasn’t been easy.

For a community with nine registered voters, the tally at the ballot box last month was 13-7 in favor of keeping Frederick a third-class city.

Workers at the polling place 5 miles to the west handed out the wrong ballots to some voters who live outside of it. Local and state officials were at a loss for what to do and are letting the results stand.

Frederick is just off a state highway about 75 miles northwest of Wichita.