That’s what happened over the weekend in Detroit, where many of the 14 billboards promoting the city’s general election listed an incorrect date—in September, more than two months early.
If we rewind to high school U.S. Government and Politics, we’ll remember that (with certain exceptions, including primaries) Election Day falls on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
City Clerk Janice Winfrey told the Detroit Free Press that International Outdoor, the locally owned company that manages the billboards, made the mistake. Winfrey noticed the inaccuracy, which you can see here, on Saturday.
International Outdoor was reportedly rather gung-ho in changing over the billboards after Michigan’s primary elections on Tuesday, Aug. 6. The hasty turnaround seems to have led to the error.