Luck of the draw decides election

December 5, 2008 4:03:03 PM PST
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Election officials have broken a 34-34 tie for a village board seat in Denton, Neb., by drawing a name from a rotating drum.

Lancaster County Election Commissioner Dave Shively put 10 pieces of paper in the drum, five with the name of Richard Spellman and five marked for Sebastian Carnazzo.

Back and forth went the drum, then out came Carnazzo's name.

Under state law, the tie had to be broken by lot or chance. That could include cutting cards or a coin flip. Shively suggested using the rotating drum used for pulling juror names.

Denton is about 12 miles southwest of Lincoln and has an estimated population of 222.

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