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10 The last straw.

When Stephanie Bounds says she drew the short straw, she's not speaking metaphorically. Bounds won 177 votes, the same as her opponent, in a city alderman race in Poplarville, Miss., a town of 2,818. Since state law says election ties "shall be determined by lot," city officials had both candidates pull straws from what Bounds describes as a cut-off bleach bottle, decorated as a hat. Bounds got the short straw. "Some of the national press we got--we just looked so backwoods," Bounds told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger. "Maybe we should have just arm-wrestled for it." Bounds says she will lobby legislators for a better way to settle ties, such as runoff elections. At least 22 states draw lots to settle legislative ties.

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Title Annotation:STATELINE; Stephanie Bounds to lobby for better way to settle ties
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U6MS
Date:Jan 1, 2015
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