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OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Voters in one California city have elected a dead man to office.

Official figures show that Oceanside City Treasurer Gary Ernst was re-elected Tuesday even though he died in September.

Ernst earned 17,659 votes and beat challenger Nadine Scott by about 6 percentage points.

There wasn’t time to remove his name from the ballot after he died from diabetes complications.

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Since he can’t take office, the City Council can declare the seat vacant and decide to appoint someone to fill out the term or call a special election. A decision could be made next month.

Scott tells San Diego’s KNSD-TV that she’d like to be appointed to the post to honor the more than 15,000 people who voted for her.

She says she doesn’t think voters knew Ernst was dead.