In the New Hampshire House of Representatives, the election for Rochester Ward 4 ended in a tie between Republican David Walker and Democrat Chuck Grassie, following a recount.
Republican David Walker received one more vote than Democrat Chuck Grassie in the election night count, but the Wednesday recount found both candidates actually received the same number of votes: 970.
Ultimately, the state House voted for a new special election for the district.
An article in the New Hampshire Public Radio recapping the situation detailed the ways the state House could have resolved this situation.
Election night results showed Walker defeating the incumbent Democrat, Rep. Chuck Grassie, by one vote, but a recount ended in a tie. Lawmakers could have chosen the winner themselves or had the men share the seat, but Wilhelm, who offered the resolution ordering a special election, said those options would disrespect voters.
One solution that strikes me as unusual is for the two candidates to "share the seat".
- How would this work?
- Is this exclusive to New Hampshire and has it happened before?
- If not, is there any precedent for this in any other state legislature body?