With control of Virginia House of Delegates at stake, critic

With control of Virginia House of Delegates at stake, critic

Postby Marian43 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:27 am

It could now be decided by draw-- the latest twist in a critical but still undecided race in Virginia.
The day after a recount appeared to give Democrats control of the Virginia House of Delegates for the first time in nearly 20 years, a circuit court ruling has now tied the critical race between Democrat Shelly Simonds and Republican David Yancey.

A three-judge panel in Newport News, Virginia ruled Wednesday that a previously uncounted vote challenged by Yancey's campaign should be counted as a vote for the Republican, tying the race at 11,608 votes a piece.

With the race now tied, the state board of elections in Virginia apparently will now determine "by lot" which candidate will be elected to the seat, according to Virginia state law.

The Virginia Department of Elections said Wednesday that they were still waiting for a final order from the circuit court before proceeding on how to determine a winner.

"We understand that public reports indicate the recount of the 94th House of Delegates election has ended in a tie vote. At this time, the matter is still with the recount court. Once the court has issued a final order, we can better evaluate what next steps are necessary for the State Board of Elections or Department of Elections to take," Virginia Department of Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortés wrote in a statement provided to ABC News.

Virginia law stipulates, "If two or more persons have an equal number of votes for any county, city, town, or district office, and a higher number than any other person, the electoral board shall proceed publicly to determine by lot which of the candidates shall be declared elected."

In a statement Wednesday, Yancey said he "happy" every vote was counted, and was going to allow the board of elections to manage the process moving forward.
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