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Coin toss could be the deciding factor in Darrington School Board race

The race between two Darrington School Board candidates is so close it could end in an actual tie, according to election officials - which would then be decided by a coin toss. (Photo: KOMO News)

DARRINGTON, Wash. - The race between two Darrington School Board candidates is so close it could end in an actual tie, according to election officials.

If that happens, by state law, a coin toss could determine whether Dave Holmer or Jennie Requa will fill the seat.

"There is the possibility of a tie at this point," said Garth Fell, Snohomish County Elections Manager. "To break a tie we would conduct a coin toss and again the winner gets the office, the loser will get the coin in our situation."

But, there is one last ballot count and at least two more ballots from the Darrington district to be opened and tabulated. One from Snohomish County, the other from Skagit County.

The school district straddles both counties.

Fell said there are two ballots from Skagit County without signatures. If those voters correct their ballots before the deadline, they could be counted too.

If the election comes to an official tie, by law, it comes down to heads or tails.

Requa told KOMO News she's, "Never heard of a coin toss deciding an election," but she's, "feeling surprised, excited and nervous."

Holmer said, "It is what it is."

Snohomish County said it's happened before, but it's rare.

"I think in the past, they have used a silver dollar," said Fell.

With just a 35 percent voter turnout, election leaders said those who made the biggest impact are the voters who didn't cast their ballots.

"Every vote does count. Your vote will make an impact in local elections," said Fell.

Snohomish County's 'unofficial' ballot count as of Monday night showed Holmer with a two vote lead.

Skagit County's ballots will be tallied on Tuesday. If the final count ends in a tie, the ballots will be recounted. If it's still a tie, then a coin toss will be held.

Snohomish County said a win by a three-vote margin or less will also trigger an automatic recount.


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