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Dead woman wins election in Alaska after coin toss

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by TSGB, Oct 31, 2006.

  1. TSGB

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A dead woman won re-election to a school board in rural Alaska after her opponent lost a coin flip meant to break an electoral tie.
    Katherine Dunton, who died of cancer on October 3, the day of the local election, was re-elected to the Aleutian Region School District board after her opponent, Dona Highstone, called "heads" on a coin toss that landed "tails," state and local officials said.
    "This is the first that I have ever heard about, not only in our state but in any other," said Whitney Brewster, director of the Alaska Division of Elections.
    The coin toss was held on Friday, in accordance with state law, to break the tie since both candidates had 19 votes.



    The school district, which covers an island region stretching 600 miles and has jurisdiction over about 50 students, has not yet decided how to fill Dunton's seat.
    © Reuters 2006. All Rights Reserved.


    I wonder when the coin toss was established as a formal part of elections? :haha:
     
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    I want a recount!!!
     
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    From what I understand, the coin toss is actually used quite a bit, nationwide to decide smaller/lower positions... when there are ties. Fact is, a tie is so rare that it hardly ever happens, but there is always a law on the books to tell us all what to do when it does. :thumb:

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    It happened in a town near me this past election. It was a tie, each candidate got 1 vote:eek1::haha::haha::haha:They decided with a coin toss...
     
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    Jurisdiction over 50 students...

    Uh, how many votes were there? Was it a 25-25 tie or something?
     
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