Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Recounts and Tie-Breakers

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has this interesting article on what happens following a recount if the race ends in a tie. It looks like McDonnell is positioned well, even if he were to lose the recount since he could then contest the recount under the State Constitution and the General Assembly would decide the winner. What is kind of frightening is the procedure they have in the event the presidential election comes out as a tie in Virginia -- the winner's name is drawn from a crystal bowl.


At 12/20/2005 09:42:00 AM, Blogger Hirons said...

When I worked for a Congressman from New Mexico there was a small town out there that had a tied election for a Mayoral race. I think it was 162 to 162 in the vote count. The town charter called for all electoral ties to be decided by a single hand of 5 card poker. Each candidate was dealt 5 cards, high hand won.

If I remember right the winning hand was a pair of 8's. Losing hand had nothing.

I was with my boss to witness the draw as he was there as an official observer. It was a really neat thing to witness.

Everyone was just thankful that the charter was updated in the early 1900's. Apparently there was rumor that a lot of the old towns out there, including this one, use to settle things the "old fashion way" by way of a duel.

At 12/20/2005 10:17:00 AM, Anonymous marty nohe said...

I remember that situation. I commented to a friend that the five card stud method might be a great way to decide a number of elections. Just get rid of the two party system, make everyone who wants to run do so as an independent and if there is no majority, skip the run-off like they have in Louisiana... shuffle up and deal!

At 12/20/2005 11:16:00 AM, Blogger too conservative said...

elephant ears also has this up


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