Coin toss decides election in Kentucky

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One week after the votes were counted, a coin toss was used to settle a City Council race that ended in a tie in Crescent Springs, Kentucky.

Jennine Bell Smith and Patrick Hackett, both write-in candidates for Crescent Springs City Council, tied with exactly 79 votes. 

They both got a call from the Kenton County clerk.

“She said, ‘We’ve counted these ballots over and over again and it’s a tie,’ and I’m going ‘Oh no,'” Smith said.

“I said, ‘What? Are you sure?’ She said, ‘We’ve counted it a couple of times.’ I was shocked,” Hackett said.

The winner is decided by a low-tech solution that requires only a coin and a thumb.

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