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Town elections could remain tied a while

Those responsible for the provisional ballots casting doubt over two Harrison County town council races have until Friday at noon to prove residence in the respective towns before their votes can be counted.
Harrison County Circuit Court Clerk Sherry Brown said the election board will have a meeting Friday at noon to determine whether the ballots should be counted or not.
If ties remain in the elections after the provisional ballots are determined, Brown said the clerk-treasurers of the towns have the option to decide the winner by Dec. 31. If they decide not to cast a tie-breaking vote, then there will have to have another election.
Brown said a second election is not likely in either town in question. Both clerk-treasurers in New Amsterdam and New Middletown also are candidates for the town council.
In New Amsterdam, the clerk-treasurer, Mary Faye Shaffer, received six votes, and is one vote shy of a tie for the third council seat. If she happened to gain a vote with the one remaining provisional ballot, she could potentially break the tie in her favor.
Republican Regina F. Glass is assured of one seat, after receiving 11 votes. Fellow Republican and incumbent Lee McCullum finished second with eight votes, while incumbents Charles (Andy) Shaffer ‘ an Independent and son of Mary Faye Shaffer ‘ and Howard L. Phipps, a Democrat, collected seven votes each.
The situation is similar in New Middletown, where Republican Shana Lyons ‘ the current clerk-treasurer ‘ picked up seven votes and is tied for the third and final council seat pending one provisional ballot.
Each candidate in New Middletown but one, Alex Chumley, still has a chance to secure a spot on the council. Incumbent Joey Lyons, who received nine votes, is guaranteed of a spot, while Incumbent Larry Mattingly, who ran as an Independent, finished with eight votes and Independent incumbent Fred Lawson joined Shana Lyons with seven. Chumley collected five votes.

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