Poplarville election to be determined by drawing of the lot

Published: Sep. 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM CDT
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POPLARVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A special election for an alderman position in Poplarville has ended in a tie. Wednesday, a voter submitted proper identification to validate his/her vote that was cast in the runoff. With the vote now valid, each candidate now has 177 votes.

Mayor Brad Necaise and the city clerk Jody Stuart held a conference to let both Stephanie Bounds and David "Glenn" Bolin know what would happen next. According to state law, the winner of the election will be determined by a drawing of the lot.

"Drawing of the lot may include drawing of straws, use of pebbles, or tossing coins, which is undetermined at this time," said Necaise. "Drawing of the lot is contingent upon securing two electors of the municipality chosen by the election commission. Once electors are secured, drawing of the lot will take place in a public forum."

In order to protect the integrity of the process, Necaise said the option the city uses will not be disclosed at this time. However, rules will be in place and the candidates will be made aware of those rules prior to the drawing of the lot.

The drawing will take place Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 8 p.m. in the Poplarville City Hall board room.

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