One vote can make a difference – in 2010 Kingsbury GID tie vote was decided on a card draw.
Other close or tie votes:
- In 1845 – The U.S. Senate passed the convention annexing Texas by two votes (27/25).
- In 1868 – President Andrew Johnson was Impeached but not convicted because the Senate was one vote shy of the necessary two thirds required.
- In 1962 – Governors of Maine, Rhode Island and North Dakota were elected by an average of one vote per precinct.
- In 1994 – Republican Randall Luthi and Independent Larry Call tied for a seat in the Wyoming House of Representatives from the Jackson Hole area with 1,941 votes each. A recount produced the same result. Mr. Luthi was finally declared the winner when, in a drawing before the State Canvassing Board, a pingpong ball bearing his name was pulled from the cowboy hat of Democratic Governor Mike Sullivan.
- In 2000 – The Presidential election was decided by an extremely narrow margin. George W. Bush won the state of Florida by just 537 votes, making him the next President of the United States. Close to 6 million voters went to the polls in Florida. It might not have been by one vote, but certainly every vote counted.
- In Nevada, ties happen more often than might be thought in counties with smaller populations. By statute, candidates ‘draw lots’ to determine a winner. Decks of cards are predominately used, with aces high and jokers removed. Suits can also be ranked and even unopened decks can be randomly chosen.
- In 2002 – Esmeralda County Commission – Republican Dolores “Dee” Honeycutt and Democrat R.J. Gillum, who tied 107-107 for an open seat on the Esmeralda County Commission, each pulled a jack, but Gillum’s spade beat Honeycutt’s diamond.
- In 2010 – Douglas County – Kingsbury GID contest resulted in a tie for the third board seat, with Natalie Yanish and Robert McDowell both receiving 373 votes. Yanish won the seat in a card draw by drawing an ace.
- In 2010 – Eureka County – Clerk-Treasurer contest wound up in a 374-374 tie. Incumbent Jackie Berg drew an eight of hearts which prevailed when challenger Carri Wright drew the three of hearts.
- In 2010 – Nye County – The Primary contest for County Commissioner District IV was determined by a queen of clubs after a dead heat occurred with both Butch Borasky and Carl Moore receiving 381 votes.