There is a five-way tie for a seat on the Cave Junction City Council. Each of the five received three votes. Cave Junction City Recorder Ryan Nolan says the five-way tie doesn’t matter because there’s no runner-up.
Initially, John Gardner was thought to be the winner, with seven votes. But he was later disqualified because he hadn’t been a registered voter for a full year prior to the November election.
“According to the state of Oregon, the person who is the top vote-getter is the winner of the election,” says Nolan. “If for any reason they choose not, or can not be elected to that office, then it is considered a vacant office, it doesn’t move to a runner up.”
The city council seat will become vacant in January. Nolan says that, according to city code, the council will hold interviews for those interested in the position and then appoint someone to fill the seat.