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Coin Flip Could Decide Who Wins in a Tieton City Council Race

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TIETON, Wash - Monday was the last day before all election numbers were certified.  However, one race still has not been decided.  Current Tieton city councilwoman, Felisa Cox and opponent Juanita Karam are tied at 81 votes a piece, for the fifth position on the council.

According to Yakima County Auditor, Corky Mattingly, the votes will be manually recounted.  If there is a tie after that, it is written in state law the winner will be decided through an activity that has a 50-50 outcome.  For example, flipping a coin, drawing straws, or picking a name out of a hat.  Mattingly says a flip of a coin is usually chosen by candidates. 

"The voters aren't going to be happy, they voted for what they voted and they don't want their votes to be decided by lot and I agree with them," says Juanita Karam, Tieton City Council Position Five candidate.

The last time a vote went to a coin flip in Yakima County was in 1997.

A recount for the Tieton City Council race will happen early next week and a time has not been determined yet for a coin flip.