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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Thompson winner of tie race

  • On Monday morning the board of canvassers, also the Ford County Commissioners, approved the official election results.
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  • On Monday morning the board of canvassers, also the Ford County Commissioners, approved the official election results.
    According to County Clerk Sharon Seibel, 17 provisional ballots were cast. They had been reviewed and she recommended that nine of them be counted. Eight were not counted because the person was either not registered to vote, or the ballot was not signed by the right person.
    "They had their power of attorney sign the ballot, and so we couldn't count it," Seibel said. "We need to voter only to sign for it to count, even if it's just a scribble."
    None of the votes affected any races, however, one race on Tuesday ended in a tie.
    Ford City Council hopefuls Andy Thompson and Betty Shearon each collected 21 votes. To decide who the winner would be the board had to decide by lot.
    "According to Kansas Statute 25-3108," Seibel said, "a tie will be decided by a lot. This can be done by a coin flip, drawing straws or names out of a hat or whatever you decide."
    The board decided to draw a name out of a hat. Both names were placed into a hat and an impartial third party drew one out.
    Andy Thompson was declared the winner of the race.
    "If anyone ever thinks their vote doesn't matter, they just need to look at this race," commissioner and board member Jerry King said. "To decide a race by chance is pretty ironic in this country."
    Thompson was surprised and pleased with the outcome of the race.
    "I would have won last week if my wife had been in town," he said. "She was visiting our grandson and was supposed to be back in time to vote, but he ended up getting a case of appendicitis, so she had to stay longer. We never dreamed her vote would be needed so much."
    Thompson is excited to be a part of the council and says that even though he has a lot to learn, he's looking forward to it.
    "I've taken a lot from the community and the government over the years, it's time for me to give something back."

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