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‘Rest of the story’ after coin toss
by Melissa Bearden-Morgan
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Over the past weeks the election process has gotten a lot of publicity due to the tie-breaker/coin toss at Rienzi.

As one of the candidates in the infamous coin toss election, I feel that the publicity this election has elicited has shed a new light on the election process and the importance of casting your vote.

On a positive note, you should go vote. It is your voice in what goes on in government. Unless you cast a vote, your voice is not being heard. There are many men and women who have lost their lives to protect this right for fellow Americans. There is no reason for an election to be decided by a “casting of lots.” I agree with Editor Mark Boehler. Let’s leave a coin toss for football kickoffs. Go vote, it does matter!

The negative side of the recent election is the whole story of the events has not been shared with the voters. There are various papers that have spoken about the election and the results in days following that were given information by the town clerk, Elaine Pitts.

In light of all the misinformation that has been shared, I suppose the democratic process should follow all laws, rules and common courtesy, or so I would like to think. So, as Paul Harvey would say, “Here is the rest of the story…”

I, nor the other tied candidate, was there for the coin toss. I was at work on Friday, June 7 and received a phone call from Amy Norvell that a coin toss would take place at 5 p.m. I explained to her that I could not be there and did not give permission for anyone to act on my behalf, call heads or tails, etc… When asked about this being conducted at another time, Amy stated that it would take place regardless of my absence. How democratic is that?

I have yet to be told how the process even took place from the poll workers or town clerk. I still do not know who the two voters from our municipality were, who flipped the coin or where the coin came from. All the information that was shared was that the poll workers met behind closed doors and decided among themselves who should be what side of the coin and sealed it up in an envelope.

Even more so, the poll workers who took this on to “decide the candidate’s lot” were, and still are to my best knowledge, just poll workers. None were functioning in the role of an election commissioner. They were on the ballot to be voted on for this election, but as far as I k now, not sworn in at that time. Therefore, there were no election commissioners. How does that happen?

So, what does all this mean? It’s for you the voters and citizens of Rienzi to decide. It’s not about being a sore looser. It is just about the principal of the matter and wanting things to be transparent so there are no gray areas. Isn’t that what the majority of Americans are wanting these days, government transparency?

To end on a positive note — “thank you” to all who voted and gave support for my endeavor. It has been a pleasure to serve the community and its citizens for the past eight years. I encourage each person to get out and vote in the coming elections, be an active part in the community you live in.

Let your voice be heard and tell the powers that be — “you can keep the change.”
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