Random drawing determines winner of primary voting tie
By Kyle Lawson
Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 11:10 p.m.
A random drawing last week determined the winner of a Republican primary in Monroeville that ended in a tie last month.
Republican candidate Dan Alexander won his party's nomination for the Ward 3 seat on Monroeville Council in the Nov. 5 general election.
He'll face Democrat Ron Harvey for the council seat.
Alexander and Republican opponent Len Young both received 109 votes in the May 21 primary, so their political fate was determined by a leather jug and tiny dice numbered 1 through 51. Alexander picked 51. He said the drawing was cordial.
“While candidates are often attacking each other during a campaign, Len Young and myself were able to maintain a friendly and respectful relationship throughout this process,” Alexander said.
“We often spoke with each other and even joked about the outcome of today's drawing. It was very refreshing to have an opponent with such class and respect.”
Young said he doesn't plan to campaign as a write-in.
The random drawing has been used since at least 1937, said Allegheny County Elections Division Manager Mark Wolosik.
Young snapped a photo of the tiny dice and leather jug.
“It's very old fashioned,” he said.
Wolosik said it still is the best way to settle a tie.
Even if the same people who voted the first time were ushered back to the poles for a re-vote, there's a chance it would result in another tie, he said.
There usually is at least one tie each primary in one of the municipal races, Wolosik said.
Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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