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HEYBURN — City and Minidoka County officials were scrambling Wednesday to figure out how to handle an election result tie for a Heyburn City Council seat.

Incumbent Councilman Dick L. Galbraith and Glen Loveland tied for the seat with 112 votes apiece.

Incumbent Chad Anderson won the other seat with 176 votes. Michael Covington took 49 votes and Nile Bohon, who withdrew from the race on Nov. 2, received 28.

Minidoka County Clerk Tonya Page said the county hasn’t had a tie for as long as she can remember.

“So this is new and it’s kind of exciting for us,” Page said.

City Clerk Ashley Langley will perform the coin toss.

Langley said the city council will schedule a special meeting for the tie-breaking event.

“We are trying to sort it all out,” Tony Morley, city administrator said.

City officials have been in contact with the state Attorney General’s Office and the Idaho Association of Counties but have received differing opinions, he said.

Page said some of the laws regarding tie elections are vague and open to interpretation.

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