McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

February 13, 2014

Sallisaw election ends in tie

Associated Press

SALLISAW — After Tuesday’s election ended in a tie, the new police chief in an eastern Oklahoma town will be picked from a hat — literally.

Capt. Terry Franklin and Lt. Sandy Girdner were both running to become police chief in Sallisaw, a town of about 8,800 people along Oklahoma’s border with Arkansas. But Tuesday’s election ended in a tie with both candidates receiving 837 votes apiece.

The Sequoyah County Election Board meets Friday to certify the vote. Election Board Secretary Cindy Osborn tells the Southwest Times Record that the winner’s name will be drawn from a hat if the vote count remains tied after Friday’s certification. A special meeting will be set for later this month for the official name draw.