South Dakota mayoral race ends in tie; drawing could determine winner

June 14, 2021

BALTIC, S.D. (AP) — The next mayor of Baltic, South Dakota could be decided by the drawing of lots after the election officially ended in a tie.

Election officials from the southeastern South Dakota city said their canvas of votes on Thursday confirmed that the two mayoral candidates — Deborah McIsaac and Tracy Peterson — were tied with 117 votes apiece.

If the election remains tied after a potential recount, state law calls for the election to be decided by “a drawing of lots.”

The candidates have until the end of the day Thursday to initiate a recount.