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|
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|Date:||Jan 1, 2015|
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