Central Illinois board race finally decided by coin toss

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by KMOV Web Producer

KMOV.com

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 27 at 3:53 PM

CLINTON, Ill. -- A coin toss decided a tied central Illinois election, and the winner says he's unhappy the decision was made by what he calls "gambling."

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that George Wissmiller won the coin toss Monday for the DeWitt County Board seat.

Wissmiller is a retired Champaign police officer who ran as an independent. He says he won't accept payment for the elected office. And that, he says, resolves his conflict with the tie being decided by gambling.
 
Republican Terry Ferguson says he's considering seeking a recount. He has five days to ask for a recount, but must pay for it himself.
 
County Clerk Dana Smith, who flipped the coin, says she's never seen an election that was this close. The candidates were tied with 827 votes apiece.

 

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