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Neb GOP Sheriff Race Decided by Cards

From an outraged Associated Press:

Neb. GOP sheriff’s race decided by playing cards

May 18, 2010

BRIDGEPORT, Neb. — A deck of cards and a bit of luck helped decide who will likely be the next sheriff of Morrill County.

The nine of hearts Milo Cardenas drew Monday beat Travis Petersen’s six of spades, giving Cardenas the Republican nomination for sheriff. Since no Democrats ran for sheriff, Cardenas, the police chief in Bridgeport, is likely to win in November’s election…

The two men agreed to cut a deck of cards after Monday’s re-count confirmed that both finished at the top of a four-man race with 379 votes after balloting ended last Tuesday. State law requires tied elections to be settled by a game of chance

Brandt shuffled the cards seven times and spread them out on a table before the candidates drew cards simultaneously.

"People wanted to revote and do a lot of things, but unfortunately, Nebraska law is very clear," Morrill County Clerk Kathy Brandt said.

Brandt said none of the candidates who lost in the primary are allowed to run in the general election.

"For all those people that didn’t vote, they should realize that one vote does make a difference," Brandt said.

Well, given the craziness of our way of electing people, this seems to be as good a way as any to settle a run-off. At least it saves money. Still, if there had been any Democrat involved, you know there would have been a lawsuit.

By the way, there was no incumbent. The previous sheriff had decided not to run for re-election.

There’s no word yet as to whether he had supported Mr. Obama’s healthcare reform.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Neb GOP Sheriff Race Decided by Cards”

  1. JohnMG says:

    …..”Well, given the craziness of our way of electing people, this seems to be as good a way as any to settle a run-off……”

    Well, given that the performance of any elected official generally stands in stark contrast to their campaign rhetoric, why shouldn’t the results be decided by a crap-shoot?

  2. Right of the People says:

    Why not have a raffle or lottery. Put every registered voter in the district/state/whatever’s name in a big bin and have a drawing. I’m willing to bet we’d get a better class of people in the House and Senate then we presently have.

  3. Mithrandir says:

    The government did something cheaply? I am totally surprised at this ‘unexpected’ outcome.

    I am sure the lawyers were seething, knowing they couldn’t make a few million stretching this out in court for months.

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