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Coin flip to decide this Illinois election race

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BELVIDERE — A coin flip will determine who becomes the next 2nd Ward alderman after the two Republican candidates ended the primary election in a tie.

The Boone County clerk will host the coin flip between Daniel Arevalo and Natalie Mulhall Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Boone County Administration building after both candidates finished with 104 votes at the end of the election night on Tuesday.

There were still two mail-in ballots yet to be received when election night ballots were totaled. However, Boone County Clerk and Recorder Julie Bliss said Thursday that both were received and the votes were split between each candidate.

According to the state's election code, since the candidates remained tied the tiebreaker will be determined "by lot" or random methods of selection such as a coin flip.

While rare, such tiebreakers have happened in the area before. In 2017, for example, a Rockford School Board race broke a tie vote by drawing cards, with whomever picked the highest card being declared the winner. In 2011, a coin toss broke a tie in the Prairie Hill School Board election in South Beloit.

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