The election in a small town in Wisconsin ended in a literal toss of the dice.
The race ended in a tie-break after Rob Zoshke and Nate Bell received 256 votes each for Sister Bay Village Board President. City official Heidi Teich informed candidates that the election would be decided by gambling in accordance with state election law.
The dice were 6:2 for him in favor of Mr. Bell, and the incumbent knocked out Mr. Zoschke.
“It’s very unusual and has generated a lot of interest,” Taihi told the BBC. “It’s kind of unique to be done with snaps.”
After the vote was over, the village clerk sent both candidates a photo of the final tally. “Am I reading that right?” Mr. Bell recalled, looking at his 256-256 count.
Rolling the dice was just one of the options he considered by the advertising panel of three.
There were possibilities such as pulling a name out of a hat, cutting a deck of cards, drawing a straw, or flipping a coin. But ultimately advertisers decided that rolling the dice was the fairest way to go. “We flipped a coin and felt that if one candidate called one side, the other candidate had no choice but to take the other side,” Take said. “If you roll the dice, you can both participate in some way.”
None of the candidates could be personally voted for, so instead he was attended by two recruiters. Mr. Zoschke watched one of the events on Zoom.
Half a dozen supporters shook hands with Zoschke and lamented the loss. One regretted his teenage daughter couldn’t vote because of an out-of-town doctor’s appointment. Another couldn’t finish his job before the polls closed. Half a dozen supporters shook hands with Zoschke and lamented the loss. One regretted his teenage daughter couldn’t vote because of an out-of-town doctor’s appointment. Others couldn’t finish his job before the polls closed.
“But you have to trust your opponent got the same call,” said Zoschke, in a friendly Wisconsin accent. He said he doesn’t hate the process. But, oddly enough, he noted, 78 voters chose to pick neither candidate.
Mr. Zoschke does not intend to call for a recount. “256 people still voted for other votes, so I’m not fixated on voting here and there,” he said. “I’m at peace.”
Mr. Bell asked him to keep the dice as a souvenir and remind him of the unpredictability of life. Mr Bell told the BBC: “It’s still early days, but I hope one day I’ll be able to do a charity event with Rob.” Best known for housing a marina and restaurant with goats on the grass roofs, Tie is one of the most exciting things to happen in the small town of He 1,160 near the Canadian border. “I never thought we would get so much attention here,” said Ms Teich.