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Meeker Co., Minn., weighs options for tie vote in race

LITCHFIELD -- Meeker County Auditor Barb Loch was consulting with state officials Wednesday to determine the correct action to take to resolve a tie vote for the District 2 seat on the County Board of Commissioners.

Incumbent David Gabrielson and his challenger Dale Fenrich each had 1,069 votes, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State's website.

The county canvassing board is scheduled to begin its task on Friday.

Because Monday is a holiday, Loch said she wants to resolve the tie vote sooner rather than later but wants to make sure she follows the correct process.

"I know this is critical," said Loch.

Because this is a county office and not a state office, there are different rules that apply for determining a winner, said Loch. The county attorney was also expected to weigh in on the issue.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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