Sometimes you just have to love the US. Not often enough, but sometimes.
Like in this case: a town in South Dakota has a council election and two candidates end up with 126 votes each. So, since the town charter does not mention what to do in this situation, they turn to State law, which says that “candidates must play a game of chance to determine a winner.”
So they roll a die to determine who will be first to pick one of two marbles from a bag. Mr. Baker won the dice roll and pulled out the white (naturally) marble to win the council seat.
Maybe such an arbitrary system would be perfect in picking public officials. I know – let us take the percentage of the electorate that do NOT vote at all, or that spoil their vote, and use that percentage to appoint representatives using marbles.
For example, if 40% do not vote, then allocate 40% of the seats to the “marble pool” where any and all interested members of the public get placed. And then, once the marbles are pulled, we have full public representation!
I must be a genius.