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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Tie-breaker to choose Edgar Springs alderman Tuesday

  • A special election to break the tie that occurred in the Edgar Springs North Ward alderman race in the April 2 municipal election will take place Tuesday.
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  • A special election to break the tie that occurred in the Edgar Springs North Ward alderman race in the April 2 municipal election will take place Tuesday.
     
    Voters in the North Ward will vote at First Baptist Church, located at State Route FF and High Street. The polling place will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
    The special election is costing the City of Edgar Springs about $1,000 for the legal announcement and the county will have to pay for judges,  election judges, a certification team and ballots. Phelps County Clerk Carol Bennett said paper ballots will be used to cut down on the expense of this special election.
    Bennett also said if the Edgar Springs election were to be held on the same ballot as the June 4 special election for the Eighth Congressional District, the city's share would have been much more because the June 4 election is a federal one.
    In the April 2 general municipal election, a tie resulted between the only two candidates who filed for the seat — Amanda Melton and incumbent Georgia Lucas, who each received six votes. There were no write-in votes cast in the ward.
    According to state statutes, when a tie occurs, candidates are given three possibilities to break the tie. One option is for one of the candidates to decline the seat and let the other candidate take the position. A second option is for a special election to take place, and a third option is for the winner to be drawn by lot if both candidates agree.
    Bennett was initially informed that both candidates had initially agreed to choose a winner by picking names out of a hat, however,  later on, Lucas told Bennett that she wanted to hold another election.
    Aldermen in Edgar Springs serve two-year terms.
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