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Baltic mayoral race could be settled by drawing lots

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 12:28 PM CDT
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BALTIC, S.D. (AP) - The next mayor of Baltic, South Dakota could be decided by the drawing of lots after the election officially ended in a tie.

Election officials from the southeastern South Dakota city said their canvas of votes on Thursday confirmed that the two mayoral candidates - Deborah McIsaac and Tracy Peterson - were tied with 117 votes apiece.

The Dell Rapids Tribune reports that if the election remains tied after a potential recount, state law calls for the election to be decided by “a drawing of lots.”

The candidates have until the end of the day Thursday to initiate a recount.

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