Five-way City Council tie vote has tiny Oregon town 'drawing lots'

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. (AP) There's a five-way tie for a seat on the Cave Junction City Council each person got three write-in votes each.

So the election may be settled by chance, through drawing a name from a hat, for example.

After the incumbent decided not to run, 62 voters wrote in names.

Josephine County Clerk Art Harvey tells the Grants Pass Daily Courier the top finisher got seven votes but was disqualified for not being a registered voter.

Cave Junction City Recorder Ryan Nolan will have to confirm that the five are registered voters who have lived in the city at least a year.

Then, the town charter says the City Council must determine the precise way of settling a tie through a "public drawing of lots."


Information from: Daily Courier,

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