A village in southern Illinois will elect its next president on the flip of a coin.
The winner of the race for village president in Colp will be decided entirely by chance after last Tuesday’s election ended in a tie, The Southern Illinoisian reports.
Candidates Tammy O’Daniell-Howell and Bryan Riekena will meet at the office of Williamson County clerk Amanda Barnes next Thursday to learn their fate.
Although flipping a coin may appear an unconventional way to decide who wins a democratic election, it’s not that unusual.
In 2016, the results of several precincts in Iowa’s Democratic caucuses were reportedly decided using the same method — as was the winner of a mayoral election in San Teodoro in the central Philippines in 2013.
Canadian government officials also once used a coin flip to decide which company would win a federal contract.
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