Election Decided by Luck of the Draw

A Cave Creek, Arizona city council race ended in a tie, with both candidates receiving 660 votes, confirmed by a recount. So they decided the winner by drawing cards!
Adam Trenk and Thomas McGuire, both in blue jeans and open-collar shirts, strode nervously into Town Hall with their posses. There stood the town judge. He selected a deck of cards from a Stetson hat and shuffled it — having removed the jokers — six times.

Mr. McGuire, 64, a retired science teacher and two-term incumbent on the Town Council, selected a card, the six of hearts, drawing approving oos and aws from his supporters.

Mr. Trenk, 25, a law student and newcomer to town, stepped forward. He lifted a card — a king of hearts — and the crowd roared. Cave Creek had finally selected its newest Council member.

“It’s a hell of a way to win — or lose — an election,” Mr. McGuire said.

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(image credit: Joshua Lott/The New York Times)

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The Arizona constitution merely states that tie vote be decided by chance. The local site choses the game.

The sundial is in Carefree. Carefree is a small town just to the east of Cave Creek.
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Is this even legal? I don't know of any legal precedent that would allow the decision of a elected official to be decided like this. Kind of defeats the purpose of voting, even if the first vote as a tie.
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