Conservative Kenosha County Board Member Zach Rodriguez will be on the board for another two years. After a recount Saturday that lasted about 4 hours, a machine error, an unsigned absentee ballot, and a random name pull, Rodriguez was declared the winner. On election night, political newcomer Alyssa Williams(D) was narrowly declared the winner, obtaining 371 votes to Rodriguez’s 369 with a difference of only two.
During the recount, Williams lost a vote because the absentee ballot wasn’t filled out correctly and Rodriguez gained a vote because the machine improperly rejected the ballot for him, leaving the total at 370 to 370. Chief Deputy County Clerk Michelle Nelson then pulled a name out of an Easter bucket – the name was Rodriguez’s.
Present on behalf of Williams was Kenosha County Democratic Party Chairman and failed State Senate candidate Lori Hawkins and Democratic Board Member Rollin Pizzala, who both left with upset looks on their faces.
According to County Clerk Regi Bachochin, this the first time a race in Kenosha County was reversed after a recount, which she said was likely due to the incredibly small margin. This is also the first time an election was decided at random.
Rodriguez, who said a prayer with supporters before the random drawing, thanked all of the county staff and poll worker for their hard work on their otherwise day off.
Rodriguez will be sworn in again on April 19, 2022.