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Coin flip decides board race in Stickney

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A flip of a coin has broken an electoral tie in a suburban Chicago race.

Two candidates for Stickney's board of trustees garnered exactly 573 votes in last month's election. So on Wednesday, Cook County Clerk David Orr flipped a quarter to break the tie.

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David De Leshe called heads and Lea Torres got tails. Heads it was, so De Leshe gets the seat.

Deciding who got to call heads or tails was also left to chance. The candidates' names were placed in a fish bowl, Orr shook it and pulled out De Leshe's name.

Certified election results came in Tuesday, leading to Wednesday's coin toss at Orr's Chicago office.

Orr has relied on democracy by coin flip before to break electoral ties -- in 2011 and 2007.

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