Winners of seven deadlocked North Carolina municipal elections were chosen at random last week — by flipping a coin or selecting pens of different colors.
The state's municipal elections, generally held during odd-numbered years, elect officials such as mayors, commissioners and council members. While there are four different election methods, three of the four methods resolve run-off elections by lot, or random chance.
This year, there were seven deadlocked municipal elections that were decided by lot in the state — six of the elections were decided by coin toss while the Town of Garland in Sampson County decided by pen selection.
In the Town of Clarkton in Bladen County, the election for town commissioner was tied 25-25 when the Bladen County Board of Elections held a meeting to decide the winner by coin toss on Nov. 10.
Jimmy Hudson, Sr., the challenger, who attended the meeting, was assigned heads. But the luck was on the side of Lawrence McDougald, an incumbent candidate who was absent from the meeting and who will serve four more years on the executive board.