§ 12. In Case of Tie Vote  


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  • When two or more candidates for any elective city office shall receive an equal number of votes at the general city election or at a special election, the election shall be determined as between those candidates by the casting of lots in the presence of the City Council at such time and in such manner as the City Council shall direct. (As amended 83-Or-139, § 1, 6-10-83; Charter Amend. No. 161, § 6, ref. of 11-7-06)

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83-Or-139 amended § 12 to add primary elections and to add provisions concerning a tie between candidates who had sufficient votes to be elected or nominated. The amendment of November 7, 2006, provided for the elimination of primary elections for city offices, amended filing dates, and allowed for single transferable vote, sometimes known as ranked choice voting or instant runoff voting.