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25-3208. Tie votes in state and national elections. (a) In any election for which the state 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, except in general election of the governor and lieutenant governor. Reasonable notice shall be given to such persons of the time any such determination by lot will be made; if such persons or either of them shall fail to appear in accordance with such notice, the state 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 national or state 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 national or state 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 national office determination of whether a tie has occurred shall be made and such determination shall be based upon any federal statutes applicable to the particular national office, if there be any such federal statutes, and in all other respects according to this section.

(4) In the case of a constitutional amendment or other 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" votes shall have prevailed, except in the case of a question upon the retention of a justice of the supreme court.

History: L. 1968, ch. 406, ยง 53; April 30.


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