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Stickney board race determined with coin toss, incumbent unseated

Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 6:17 p.m. CDT

STICKNEY – With the toss of a coin, David De Leshe unseated Stickney Trustee Lea Torres May 1.

De Leshe and incumbent Lea Torres were tied at 573 votes, according to election results certified April 30. Cook County Clerk David Orr flipped a coin to decide the winner of the tied race.

To determine who would call the coin toss, Orr put each candidate's name in a separate pill bottle, dropped the bottles in a fish bowl, shook the bowl and selected a bottle. De Leshe's name was selected.

De Leshe called "heads" when Orr tossed the coin. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Under Illinois law, when two or more candidates are tied the county clerk shall "determine by lot which of them is to be declared elected."

The last time Orr determined the winner by a coin toss was in 2011, when Woodie Morris became a Broadview village trustee and Fritz Paul-Emile became a Berwyn School District 98 board member.

Orr also decided an election by coin toss in 2007.

Torres and every candidate within five percent of winning their contest may request a discovery recount in 25 percent of their contest's precincts.

The request must list the precincts the petitioner wishes to have recounted and include a payment of $10 per precinct. The deadline to request a discovery recount was May 6.

A discovery recount is an evidence-gathering exercise; it does not alter the results of the election.

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