Kicker – A ping pong ball vote


MYRNA BROWN, HOST: Voters went to the polls in suburban Houston in November, like most of us did. On their ballot, the people of Dickinson, Texas also had to vote for mayor. 

Thousands of voters then came back out to the polls last month for a runoff election. 

Officials did a recount last week. But in the end, the race was decided by a ping pong ball. 

Both candidates collected exactly 1,010 votes, and according to Texas law, a tie in a race for public office can be resolved by casting lots. 

So, a local official placed ping pong balls emblazoned with the names of the candidates into a black top-hat. Someone then reached into the hat, drew a name, and the winner was…

AUDIO: Sean Skipworth! [cheers]

Sean Skipworth will be the next mayor of Dickinson. He told KTRK news…

SKIPWORTH: I’m overwhelmed. This has been such a long campaign. It has been—and then to end like this, I’m kind of numb.

Guess that’s as good a way as any to settle an election!

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(Photo/City of Dickinson, Texas, Facebook)

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