Democracy is supposed to be serious business. Years after the reforms of the Athenian politician Solon, a revolutionary and democratic constitution was ushered in for the Greek citizens of that particular city-state.
However, the Greek democracies of the ancient world privileged duties more than rights, and unlike the liberal democracies of today, the census of the crowd was rarely invoked because of a deep distrust of both the hoi polloi and the ever-changing winds of opinion.
Recent events in the small Illinois community of Colp are not likely to engender warm feelings towards democracy among those who are already suspicious of the process.
In the election to name the newest village president, both candidates, Bryan Riekena and Tammy O’Daniell-Howell received eleven votes apiece.
This tie means that a single coin toss to be held on April 20th will determine the winner.
O’Daniell-Howell has been a Colp resident since birth, and has been the village clerk since 2009.
Riekena is a graduate of Southern Illinois University who lists “geek” as his full-time occupation.
According to official statistics, of the 250 registered voters of Colp, only 29 voted.
Believe it or not, but this is not the first time an election has been decided by a thrown quarter. Many pro-Bernie Sanders Democrats became incensed when Hillary Clinton won six coin tosses in a row during the party elections in Iowa.
From a mathematical perspective, such an undefeated streak is almost impossible without factoring in corruption.
In the Philippines, a tight mayoral race for Bocaue came down to a single coin flip.
Remember: democracy is serious business.
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