Rather interesting Cirencester facts
Did you know that although in principle a tie is not possible in British electoral law – the same number of votes cast for two candidates requiring immediate resolution by the toss of a coin or similar method - it has in fact happened: the first time was in a by-election in Cirencester in 1892: originally Colonel Chester-Master (Con) was found to have won by just three votes; this was quickly challenged and the votes found to be equal. Rather than deciding the case by chance a further election was held – the Liberal winning that one. Roughly the same scenario was repeated in Winchester in 1997, though the two-vote victor there won the re-run too.
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