Coin toss decides election in Hurstbourne


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 16 at 7:21 PM

(WHAS11) -- The results of the City of Hurstbourne Acres Commissioner's race has been up in the air as the last race in Kentucky to be decided.  The November 6 race resulted in a tie and according to state law,  the only way to break the tie is with a coin toss. 

At the Board of Elections Friday,  there was a flurry of activity not felt since election night. For Anita Williams and Lenny Miles this was their election day.

In the race for commissioner of Hurstbourne Acres both Williams and Miles ended up with 202 votes and this toss of coin will finally declare a winner.

But before you know the results you have to know why the more than 2,000 residents of Hurstbourne Acres are so bent out of shape over this race. Charles Pennington has lived here for more than 40 years. He says both candidates represent good change so he's not surprised by the tie.

"So either one of them would have been great, " said Charles Pennington

This is not the only race in Kentucky that had to be decided by a flip of a coin . There was another tie this year in Eastern Kentucky.

Still it is considered extremely rare. According to state law, when a tie occurs, the County Board of Elections can choose the winner with a flip of a coin. Anita Williams filed first so she chose tails,  but within a second it landed on heads and the election was finally over and Lenny Miles named the commissioner. Williams says there is no hard feelings

"We just felt we had won no matter what. We kind of ran together and we are on the same agenda and I will definitely be behind him and helping him all the way, " said Williams.

In fact the two kept offering the office to the other since they consider each other friends. And to win by a coin toss? Lenny Miles says why not.

"It's a win win for a city no matter who would have won the coin toss. We knew it would work out," said Miles.

Miles will hold his office for two years, then who knows we may end up right back here with a coin toss again.

That last election in Jefferson County to end in a tie and coin flipping was 16 years ago.