Race for city council tied when wife of candidate doesn’t vote

Claudine Zap
The Sideshow

Robert McDonald has learned the hard way that every vote really does count.

The candidate for Kentucky's Walton City Council finds himself tied with rival Olivia Ballou for the sixth seat at 669 votes each. Most likely, the race will be decided by a coin toss. But it could have been decided by McDonald's wife, Katie, who didn't make it out to vote.

McDonald's wife works nights as a patient care assistant at Christ Hospital and is completing her nurse's training at Gateway Community and Technical College. She sleeps during the day and cares for their three children.

McDonald told the Kentucky Enquirer he can't blame her. "She woke up about 10 minutes before the polls closed and asked if she should run up, but I told her I didn't think one vote would matter."

Clearly, McDonald does not think that anymore.

Rules in Boone County for absentee voting are restrictive, so that wasn't an option. The coin toss will go forward unless one of the candidates requests a recount.

Neither the 27-year-old McDonald, who runs the Oak Creek Campground in Walton, nor Ballou will be asking for a recount.

The Walton City Council isn't the only place dealing with post-Election Day issues. Florida is still tallying up votes.