Coin Toss Determines Winner of Parowan City Council Seat

Coin Toss Determines Winner of Parowan City Council Seat

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(KSL News) -- In an age of hanging chads and electronic ballots, this next story brings politics back to basics.

A town in Utah's Iron County had to choose a winner the old fashioned way.

One of the Parowan city council races was too close to call. After tallying absentee and provisional ballots, the re- count was tied, 359- to- 359.

Davis Yardley, Iron County Clerk: “In state code, it requires that in a public meeting with both parties present, a coin toss is done. And whomever wins the coin toss wins the election."

So the candidates got together for the coin toss. It came out HEADS, with Dale Bettridge the winner.

Dale Bettridge, Council Candidate (Heads): I'm not sure if it’s a lucky day or not. Maybe lucky, maybe not."

Jess Askeroth, Lost Election (Tails): “Whether it had been heads or tails, Parowan City is in good shape."

Dale Bettridge will take a seat on the city council.

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