An Arkansas city council candidate who twice showed up too late to vote for himself in a contest that ended in a tie wound up losing the race on Thursday in a dice roll to decide the winner.
Becky Linebaugh, an incumbent alderman in the small town of Hoxie, rolled a "six" to hold on to her seat for a third term, defeating challenger Cliff Farmer who came up short with a "four."
The dice roll broke a 223-223 tie in a Dec. 4 runoff election, according to the Lawrence County Clerk's Office, which oversaw the game of chance that ultimately decided the winner.
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The runoff was scheduled after none of three candidates for alderman in the Nov. 6 election got a majority of the vote in Hoxie, a town of about 2,700 people located 120 miles (193 km) northeast of Little Rock.
"The main thing is for people to get out and vote," said Linebaugh, 65, a bank bookkeeper. "I early voted because I was afraid something might happen and I might not be able to make it to the election."
Her opponent, Cliff Farmer, 33, had a different approach.
Bad planning twice prevented him from making it to his local polling place in time to cast a ballot in the runoff vote. The first time he tried to vote early on Nov. 29 after his work day ended but arrived at 6 p.m., when the courthouse had already closed.
The second time, he was returning from a business trip on the runoff day, and planned to vote after his plane arrived in Memphis, Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. local time. Memphis is 80 miles from Hoxie, and Arkansas polls statewide were scheduled to close at 7:30 p.m.
Farmer, on the eve of the dice roll, had some advice for his fellow U.S. citizens.
"It doesn't matter what you're doing — get out there and vote!" said Farmer, who did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on Thursday.