Virginia Democrat asks court to reconsider decision to tie House race

27 December, 2017, 04:09 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Democrat Shelly Simonds and Republican David Yancey

The Virginia State Board of Elections has delayed a drawing that would have decided the state's House of Delegates race.

Simonds's lawyers said they could not file the motion Tuesday because the court was closed.

The race in the Newport News-area 94th District is now tied between Republican Del.

The decision to put off the high-stakes lotto, originally scheduled for Wednesday, marks the latest twist in a dramatic election recount that at one point showed Democrat Shelly Simonds beating Republican incumbent David Yancey by a single vote.

The motion is on behalf of candidate Shelly Simonds, who formally requested a recount in the 94th district after the results had her losing by 10 votes in the November 7 election.

Simonds and her attorneys are asking to delay drawing the name of the victor tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.

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The ballot in question had bubbles filled in for both Simonds and Yancey, but the bubble for Simonds was crossed out.

'On Wednesday the judges made a decision to allow my opponent to pull one vote and look at one vote, and that is not part of the recount process.

Election officials in Newport News, Va., examined ballots that a computer failed to scan. If Yancey wins, the Republicans will retain their majority by the slimmest possible margin. Then after the recount he lost by one. The ballot wasn't counted due to the confusion over the voter's intention. The first name pulled out of the bowl would be declared the victor.

But either way, the Democrats posted historic gains this year in the wake of Republican Donald Trump's stunning White House victory in 2016.

The last - and perhaps only other - time the state settled a tied election by "lot" was in 1971, when candidates for a House seat in Fairfax - Republican William Moss and Democrat Jim Burch - each received 16,410 votes.

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