Election tie settled by coin toss in Kentucky

CRESCENT SPRINGS, Ken. — One week after the election, a simple coin toss ended an election dispute in the small Kentucky community of Crescent Springs.

Jennine Bell Smith and Patrick Hackett were both write-in candidates for city council. After ballots were counted and recounted, the Kenton County clerk announced a tie between the two. They each received 79 votes.


To settle the tie, the local sheriff held a coin toss to determine a winner. Hackett picked heads which was a winning call.

Hackett will be sworn in as one of six Crescent Springs council members in January.