Best Way to Break an Election Tie (2002)

Picking a card in Telluride

Most people think politicians are all the same, so instead of voting, why not flip a coin to determine who should win an election? Or better yet, have the candidates pick a card, and whoever picks the highest card gets to hold the office. Sound like a neat trick? Well, it worked in Telluride after town-council candidates Stu Fraser and Jenny Russell each garnered 410 votes in last November's election. Since state law mandates that election ties be broken by "lot," town clerk M.J. Schillaci had the two candidates pick cards. Amazingly, Fraser picked the ace of spades. Welcome to politics.

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