Luck of the draw
Amanda Baylor wins Dover Treasurer nomination
LAKE COUNTY - Amanda Bailor has been declared the winner of the August primary election for Dover Township treasurer. She will now move on to the November ballot.
Bailor drew the "winning card" from a jar on the steps of the Lake County Courthouse on Friday, Aug. 14, ten days after the election.
"I am glad it is over," Bailor said after winning. "Beforehand, I said 'It is in God's hands and there is nothing I can do.' That is what I had to believe.
"Today, I pulled the right one," she said. "The two weeks between the election and now were nerve wracking, and I am glad it is over."
According to Pattie Pacola, Lake County clerk and register of deeds, results showed candidates Amanda Bailor and Crystal Jurik in a tie after the primary election, with each winning 52 votes.
Michigan election law states that in the case that "two or more persons have an equal number of votes for the same office for which 1 person is to be nominated or elected" the board of canvassers shall determine the successful candidate by lot.
"The canvassers have certified the numbers and they are correct," Pacola said. "It is a tie and will be decided according to Michigan election law 168.852."
Pacola wrote the word "NOMINATED" on one slip of paper, and the words "NOT NOMINATED" on another.
Lake County under sheriff deputy Wes Bierling crumpled each piece of paper separately and dropped them into a glass jar. A flip of a coin determined which candidate would draw from the jar first.
Bailor won the coin toss, reached into the jar and pulled out one piece of crumpled paper. She then slowly uncrumpled the paper to reveal the word "NOMINATED."
Jeff Jurik, husband of candidate Crystal Jurik, who was there in her place, congratulated Bailor, shaking her hand.
Bailor was then congratulated by friends and family.
Pacola said the drawing was an historic event, and they have not had to determine an election in that manner in over 20 years.
Jurik will still have the option to petition for a recount of the vote, according to Michigan election law.