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February 18, 2014 | 08:27 PM
BLOOMFIELD — The final spot in the village of Bloomfield Trustee race ended in a tie on Tuesday night.

Both Dave Nusberger and Rita Marcinkus received 29 votes, which places them in a tie for fourth place.

In April, voters will select two candidates to represent them on the village board.

In this race, the February primary reduces the number of candidates from five to four. Primaries reduce the number of candidates to twice the number of available seats.

William Holder earned 77 votes, Gary Grolle got 76 and Douglas J. Mushel, 58. All three of those candidates will appear on the April ballot.

Village of Bloomfield Clerk and Treasurer Cindy Howard said 10 absentee ballots are unaccounted for. A total of 39 absentee ballots were taken out and 29 had been returned.

For an absentee ballot to count, it must have been postmarked by Feb. 18 or earlier. The absentee ballots must be received at the Village Hall by 4 p.m. on Friday.

In the event that the race is still tied, the election will be decided by a game of chance. The game of chance could be a coin flip or someone drawing a high card.

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In Bloomfield's short history as a village, this is the second election to end in a tie.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, Sarah Schultz and Rich Olenoski both earned 114 votes in the general election for a spot on the village board.

That Saturday, the two met to break the tie with a deck of cards. Whoever drew the high card was a trustee.

Olenoski had first pick. He drew a jack of hearts. Schulz drew a king of hearts. She was declared the winner.

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