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Coin Toss Decides Stoneville Council Seat Winner: Billy Farris

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  • Winner Billy Farris

STONEVILLE, N.C. -- A Triad election came down to coin toss to determine the winner of a town council seat in Stoneville.

Candidates Billy Farris and Jerry Smith were tied after the general election. 

They each got 114 votes.

The Rockingham County Board of Elections ordered a recount. 

The recount resulted in another tie and in order to break it, the board decided to flip a coin.

"We do sometimes have some very, very close races in our municipalities," explained Tina Cardwell, Director, Rockingham County Board of Elections.

"This is not the first tie we've had that had to be broken after a recount was done, still resulting in a tie, that had to be broken by a coin toss."

After the coin toss' tails showing -- Billy Farris was declared the winner. 

"It's a heck of a process. I'm glad to come out on top," said Farris.

He added, "It is lucky. It's a good thing to be able to serve the people of Stoneville. I wish it had come out in the polls, just a clean victory but it still, it still works."

According to the Rockingham Board of Elections, state law says an election with fewer than 1,000 votes that end in a tie can be decided by a random method.

"I think it should be decided at the polls. I think it's kind of archaic that we are flipping a coin for a seat," said Jerry Smith.

"Both candidates obviously want to serve our community. I think the state board of election ought to take a look at it."

Both Smith and Farris are incumbents. After the coin toss, Smith offered his congratulations. Farris will be sworn in in December.

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