Tied Irrigation District Board Race Decided By Roll Of Die

December 9, 2018 10:00 am · 7 comments

It was literally with the roll of the dice — several rolls, actually – that decided the election for a spot on the Byron Bethany Irrigation District board of directors on Friday.

With both incumbent Larry Enos Jr. and challenger Milan “Pete” Petrovich having tallied 51 votes following last week’s certification of vote totals, Contra Costa County Elections Department personnel were left with getting the two candidates together and, in keeping with state election law, breaking the tie “by lot” in a method of election officials’ choosing. It was a first for both the county and for the irrigation district, and was streamed live Friday by the county elections office.

In this case, “by lot” meant by throwing a 20-sided die such as used in the game “Dungeons and Dragons.” Enos and Petrovich were each asked to toss the die three times; the highest total score won.

On a small table with a maroon-colored cloth cover, Enos rolled 15, 16 and 20, for a score of 51; Petrovich rolled 16, 16 and 13 for a score of 45. With that, in a gathering that lasted a total of about five minutes, Enos had his second full four-year board term.

Petrovich is a onetime vice mayor of Brentwood.

The Byron-Bethany Irrigation District is a 47-square-mile special district serving parts of Alameda, Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties.

WC Resident December 9, 2018 at 10:26 AM

I like that the winner rolled 51.

Jojo Potato December 9, 2018 at 11:08 AM

51? Doesn’t mean anything to me. What’s up?

WC Resident December 9, 2018 at 8:35 PM

The election was tied at 51 votes each. The winner rolled 51.

Tsa December 9, 2018 at 1:38 PM

Maybe all California elections should be done by a dice roll. We couldn’t end up with worse politicians than we currently have or are about to have.

Bob December 9, 2018 at 9:16 PM

I like those odds.

Of course, you have to make sure the shooter only uses one hand visable at all times.

WC Resident December 9, 2018 at 10:22 PM

The problem is that you would have thousands of the worse of the worse running for each seat knowing that one of them will win based on odds.

Consider holocaust denier John Fitzgerald vs. Mark DeSaulnier. Do you want to leave that to a coin flip? Assuming he does not resign, do you want to leave Trump vs. whoever in 2020 to a coin flip?

FWIW, the PGA seems to be doing the same thing to ensure that Tiger Woods will never win another major. Normally a golf course is laid out so that skill counts for more than random luck. Ever since the Tiger Woods thing blew up they are configuring the tee, pin, and hazard placement so that it’s more about luck than skill when Woods is in a tournament. All the players have terrible rounds with one of them winning because his ball bounced at random into a good position a few more times than the rest of the field. It cuts Wood’s odds of winning down to one in 120 or however many are in in the field at the start of a tournament.

Russ Emery December 9, 2018 at 5:17 PM

Rolling a crit (20) should have automatically won the guy the election. And was there a damage modifier?
If only Pete had take a Potion of Good Luck before he rolled……….

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