It’s often said that every vote counts, but sometimes the difference between a winner and a loser comes down to the laws of probability.
An explanation from NEWS 92 FM’s JP Pritchard:
The only thing separating two city council candidates near San Antonio is a coin flip.
Jeannette “Jet” Crabb and Ben Amador both ran for city council in Seguin, Texas, and they ended up in a runoff. And believe it or not, the outcome of that vote was 141 to 141.
Seguin Mayor Don Keil ended up deciding the race by flipping a coin.
Crabb and Amador each received slips of paper, one that said “heads,” one with “tails.” Then Keil threw a silver dollar in the air.
The coin landed on the table as tails and that meant Crabb won. She was immediately sworn in to begin a four-year term. And the mayor really was following the law.
The Texas Election Code allows ties to be settled by a “casting of lots.”
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