Dozens of Minnesota city councils, township board and mayoral elections are without candidates this year.
Minnesota Public Radio analyzed candidate filings and found more than 250 instances in which no one is seeking the job.
A few of the undesired spots are in places with 1,000 or more people, but most affected cities have tiny populations.
Write–in votes could determine some municipal leaders.
Most of the cities should be able to appoint leaders to fill any gaps after the election.