Williamson County Clerk Amanda Barnes says opponent Bryan Riekena let O'Daniell-Howell choose heads or tails. She picked heads and that's where it landed. Barnes says both candidates inspected the 2016 North Dakota quarter before the event and that she "let it just fall to the ground."
The candidates each received 11 votes in the April 4 election. Illinois law calls for coin flips to settle ties. Barnes says the quarter was "the shiniest one" she could find in the office. Colp is about 120 miles southeast of St. Louis.