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Golf Ball Determines Election in Monroe County Village

As reported today in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, a golf ball decided the fate of two village board candidates in Honeoye Falls. Both candidates tied for second place in the race for two open seats. Since the village had no law in place for dealing with such an event, state law mandated that the winner be selected by lottery. Rather than drawing straws or tossing a coin, four golf balls were marked—two with a one and two with a two—and placed in a jar. The mayor then shook up the jar and pulled a number two ball, meaning a victory for the incumbent.

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