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In tiny NY village, 26 votes could mean victory

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DERING HARBOR, N.Y. — In a tiny New York village getting 26 votes could make you the mayor.

Newsday reports that two elections in Dering Harbor are headed to overtime Tuesday after a pair of 25-25 ties.

Resident Patrick Parcells scored one of the ties in his write-in bid to unseat 11-term Mayor Timothy Hogue.

Parcells got into the race after a spat with Hogue over hedge trimming rules and starting a village website.

Hogue says the village is so small they can spread information more effectively through word of mouth.

The 98-year-old Shelter Island village is 2 square miles and has 11 full-time residents.

Newsday says anyone who spends part of their time there can vote. That's about 60 people.

Shelter Island is located between Long Island's forks in Peconic Bay.

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