Two N.C. mayoral candidates were tied. A coin toss decided the winner

When officials in Monroe, N.C., finished tallying the votes Friday from this month’s election for mayor, they displayed the results on a monitor. Robert Burns had received 970 votes — but so had Bob Yanacsek, one of his opponents. Under state law, the winner would be decided by a “method of random selection.”
The coin struck a desk before dropping to the carpet and rolling a…

This story appeared on, 2023-11-21.
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