Old tin can used to break tie in York County election

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 11, 2013 10:52 AM

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(York) -- When two candidates tied for government seats in a York County township, the outcome was decided with an old tin can.

The Utz can has been used to break ties for 20 years in the county.

Covered with news articles about past ties, the can is typically only needed in municipal election years, when voter turnout is low.

Officials draw papers from the can for each candidate, the papers have numbers on them and the lowest one wins.

Monday's tie-breaker decided who got the Democratic nomination for a six-year seat on Newberry Township's board of supervisors.

Thanks to the lowest number, David M. Cantrell bested Sherilyn E. Kanyuck though both got 34 votes in the May 21st election.

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