MEIGS COUNTY — With the results in from Monday’s official vote count, there is a tie for the second Columbia Township Trustee seat.
While Gary Carr was the top vote earner in the race with two to be elected, Don Cheadle and Marco Jeffers were tied for the second seat. Cheadle had held a two vote lead on election night.
While a result that close requires an automatic recount to be conducted, a winner had to be determined in order to close the official count.
According to the Secretary of State’s website, if there is a tie, the tie must be broken by casting lots. This can be done by the chair flipping a coin, drawing straws, picking a name written on paper out of a hat, or cutting cards, among other options.
In this case, a coin was flipped and Cheadle declared the winner, pending a recount which is scheduled for Nov. 29 at 8:30 a.m.
According to the board of elections no other results were changed as a result of the official vote count.
Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.
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