Tied Election Ends with Name Drawn Out of Hard Hat

ELEANOR, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Democracy is our nation's way of picking leaders, but on those rare instances when there's no majority whatsoever following an election, sometimes you just have to go with blind chance.

That's how one town settled a city council race Wednesday night after the two candidates finished dead even.

"The lower the turnout, the more likely something like this can happen," Town Recorder Lynda Casto said.

Both contenders for the at-large spot on Eleanor’s city council, incumbent David Lewis and challenger Tom Sheridan, received 40 votes each.

Wednesday night they met at town hall to pick the winner out of a hard hat.

“We made sure (the two pieces of paper) were the same size, folded the same way," Casto said.

Sheridan, who served 12 years on council in the past, ended up getting his name drawn and being the beneficiary of chance.

He says before the election, he was perfectly content leaving it up to fate.

"When I decided I would run again, I am a Christian, and I said ‘Lord, if you want me to be in there, you make the way,’ ” Sheridan said. “’If you don't, that's fine as well.’” That's where we're at.”

The candidates had the option of requesting a recount, but neither did so.

There were four provisional ballots, but the town recorders says it turned out none of them were from registered Eleanor voters, so they were not counted.

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