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Election officials: Columbia City County race ended in tie

April 11, 2022 GMT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Election certification conducted Monday found that an election for a Columbia City Council city ended in a tie.

Karl Skala and Roy Lovelady each received 1,102 votes in last Tuesday’s election for the Third Ward seat on the city council, according to the certification.

Skala, a five-term incumbent, was challenged by Lovelady, a community activist and business owner.

The process for determining a winner now goes to Columbia City Clerk Sheela Amin, Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon said.

The candidates could seek a recount or agree to resolve the issue with a method such as a drawing. Or the city could call a special election, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

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Skala said he is not inclined to seek a recount or agree to a method such as a drawing.

Lovelady said Monday he wasn’t ready to issue a statement about which method he would choose.

If the city calls a special election, Skala would remain in his seat until the next available election date, which is the Aug. 2 primary.