Old tin can decides nomination in eastern Pa.

YORK, Pa. (AP) — When two candidates tied for government seats in a Pennsylvania township, county officials decided the outcome with an old tin can.

York County officials have been using the Utz can to break ties for 20 years, the York Daily Record (http://bit.ly/1bq94kA ) reports.

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 21 election.


Information from: York Daily Record, http://www.ydr.com

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