10 Elections Decided by One Vote. Sounds like something that may have happened centuries ago, maybe the early days of the U.S. But the reality is, narrow voting margins happen more often than you’d think. This slick site gives us a quick rundown on close elections and the manner in which ties, yes ties in the 20th and 21st centuries, were resolved.
How else would gentlemen settle a tie in Nevada? Drawing playing cards, of course, with the high hand taking home the election spoils. In 2002, Republican Dee Honeycutt came up short, drawing a jack of diamonds to Democrat R.J. Gillum’s jack of spades for a seat on the Esmeralda County Commission. Card justice was again deployed in 2011, when Tanya Flanagan and Linda Meisenheimer tied in a North Las Vegas city council primary, and neither candidate wanted to pony up $600 for the cost of a recount. Meisenheimer ended up drawing a king to Flanagan’s five, but ended up losing the election. To which we say, $600 well-saved.
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