Coin tosses could decide deadlocked East Side contests |

Coin tosses could decide deadlocked East Side contests

With two town council candidates tied at 99 votes each, a coin could be tossed Wednesday night in South Summit to determine who serves for the next four years.

Rex Hallam was leading incumbent Francis Town Councilor Georgia Bates by one vote on Nov. 8. A tally of outstanding absentee and provisional ballots resulted in Hallam receiving one and Bates two more votes, said Francis election officer Lynette Hallam, Rex’s wife.

Bates has requested a recount and if the race is still tied after a canvass of the votes on Wednesday, a coin toss will determine the town’s next councilor.

"If it’s still a tie, the coin will be flipped that night," Lynette Hallam said.

State law requires political ties be decided by "lot," she said, adding, "a coin toss, roll of the dice, high cards." "Both candidates wanted the coin toss," Hallam said. "When I was telling somebody about it, they said, ‘I thought gambling was illegal in Utah.’" The canvass will occur Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. at Francis Town Hall, 2317 South Spring Hollow Road. "I’ve probably got a silver dollar, maybe I’ll bring it," Hallam said. This year Francis voters also elected John Keyes as councilor and John Bergen as mayor. Meanwhile, Brent Scholes and RaNae Crittenden are tied at 185 votes in the race for a seat on the Coalville City Council. The first canvass was expected Nov. 22 in Coalville.

"They have seven days after that to request a recount," Coalville election officer Kim Greer said.

Voters elected Coalville City Councilor Ron Boyer to serve another term and Duane Schmidt as mayor. — Patrick Parkinson

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