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ELDON — A rare tie happened in Eldon’s primary this week. Now the luck of the draw may see who will get the final spot on the November ballot.

George Loerzel III and Pearlicia Cloke tied for the sixth and final spot on the ballot with 53 votes each. The numbers are preliminary. The county has yet to canvass the vote and certify the final totals. If Loerzel and Cloke remain tied in the final tally, special rules will determine who makes the ballot.

Wapello County Auditor Kelly Spurgeon said county supervisors would then perform a random draw. On a date to be determined, supervisors will write “Cloke” and “Loerzel” on two separate sheets of paper and put them in a hat. A supervisor will take a sheet to determine who gets the final spot.

“Whatever name gets drawn will go on to the November ballot,” she said. The random draw approach was not created by the supervisors. It’s prescribed by state law:

“If more than the requisite number of persons … are found to have an have an equal and the highest number of votes, the election of one of them shall be determined by lot. The name of each of such candidates shall be written on separate pieces of paper, as nearly uniform in size and material as possible, and placed in a receptacle so that the names cannot be seen. In the presence of the board of canvassers, one of them shall publicly draw one of such names, and such person shall be declared elected.”

With six spots available on the ballot, Stacy Cremer Doree, David Showman, Patti Durflinger, Sean Coulter and Tom Bedford made the top five. November’s vote will elect three seats.

Chiara Romero can be reached at cromero@ottumwacourier.com.

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