Dead woman wins election

Posted on November 4, 2006 

Dead woman wins election

A dead woman won an election to a rural school board in Alaska – on the toss of a coin.

Katherine Dunton died on the day of the election which left her and challenger Dona Highstone tied.

Even with Dunton’s death, state law required a tie vote to be settled by lot after an official recount.

Highstone called heads, but the coin landed on tails. The school board at Adak must now find a replacement.

Elections director Whitney Brewster said nobody in the election office could remember anything like it happening before.

“This is definitely a new one for the division, and it’s just, just … I’m speechless, frankly,” she said.

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From Ananova

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