Mayoral Elections Decided By Drawing Name From Hat

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Two Iowa cities have to select their next mayor by drawing a name from a hat.

The election for mayor in the southeast town of Salem last Tuesday ended in a 46-46 tie between incumbent Linda Ward and challenger Dan Patterson. The votes will be recounted, but Henry County Auditor Shelly Barber says she doesn't expect the outcome to change because all absentee votes have been accounted for. Barber says a member of the Henry County Board of Supervisors would draw the winner's name from a hat after the official canvassing.

Salem, about 30 miles west of Burlington, has about 400 residents.

It's the same dilemma in the northeast town of Hawkeye, population 460, where incumbent Brent Ungerer and challenger Don Kelly each received 63 votes on Election Day. Fayette County Auditor Lori Moellers says a county supervisor will draw a name from a hat or other receptacle.

An Iowa code says the winner of a tie in a municipal election is drawn by a county official.

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