GROVELAND, Fla. – The state that is the king of bizarre election finishes added another page to its quirky electoral history Friday: a city council race decided by a coin toss.
G.P. Sloan, 77, and Richard Flynn, 75, each received 689 votes in the Nov. 2 election. No one emerged a winner after two recounts, so the candidates and three dozen supporters gathered for a coin flip Friday in the community center of this town of 4,400 residents located 25 miles west of Orlando.
The city manager flipped a bicentennial dollar coin, and Flynn shouted “Heads.” City manager Jason Yarborough caught it and flipped it on to the back of his hand. “Tails it is,” Yarborough said, giving Sloan the victory.
This happened last election cycle in Mississippi and as I recall Montana. I guess a coin flip beats pistols at 20 paces.