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      Hedge trimming rules lead to ties in small Suffolk County village elections

      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 reports 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.