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25-3108. Tie votes in elections of local officers. (a) In any election for which the county board of canvassers makes the final canvass, if any two or more persons have a tie vote, such board shall determine by lot which person is nominated or elected, as the case may be. Reasonable notice shall be given to such persons of the time when such determination by lot will be made; if such persons or either of them shall fail to appear in accordance with such notice, the county board of canvassers shall proceed to make such determination in the absence of such persons.

(b) A tie vote shall have occurred in the following cases:

(1) In a primary election for any county or township office, if any two or more persons have an equal number of votes and more than any other person for the same office as candidate for the same party.

(2) In a general election for any county or township office, if any two or more persons have an equal number of votes and more than any other person for the same office.

(3) In the case of election to any city office determination of whether a tie has occurred shall be made by the county board of canvassers, and such determination shall be based upon statutes applicable to the particular city election and the number of votes received by the candidates.

(4) In the case of election to any school office, determination of whether a tie has occurred shall be made by the county board of canvassers, and such determination shall be based upon statutes applicable to the particular school election and the number of votes received by the candidates.

(5) In the case of a question submitted election a tie shall never be deemed to have occurred, and if there are the same number of "yes" votes and "no" votes, the "no" vote shall have prevailed unless otherwise provided by law.

History: L. 1968, ch. 406, § 47; L. 1973, ch. 172, § 1; April 6.


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