Pencils should be funny, but somehow aren’t

This would suck:

A former mayor of St Albans lost his council seat after an election tie was settled by getting the candidates to pick the longest pencil.

St Albans Tory councillor Keith Stammers lost out to Lib Dem Judith Shardlow after their votes were tied at 1131 each after three recounts.

Somebody help me out here; I can’t think of any jokes. Pencil things to work from: lead, graphite, HB, sharpening.