Forget the Recount: VA Race to Be Decided by Drawing Name

Newport News Va. House of Delegates recount now a tie after contested vote changed to Republican candidate

Tied votes, which are extremely rare, have occasionally been broken around the country by coin tosses or the like. Simonds' victory would mean Republicans and Democrats now have equal power in the Virginia House of Delegates.

"The hashtag * a class="_58cn" href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/onevote?source=feed_text&story_id=10155554269307199" data-ft="{"tn":"*N","type":104}" *#OneVote began trending on social media last night, after the recount in House of Delegates District 94 (Newport News) ended with a tally of 11,608 votes for Democrat Shelly Simonds and 11,607 votes for Republican David Yancey.

"I am happy that every vote in Newport News was counted and that the judges took time to deliberate before rendering a decision". A seat in the House of Delegates that remains undecided will either leave Republicans in control of the chamber or split the House evenly, forcing the GOP to share power with Democrats for the first time in 17 years.

Then on Wednesday Republicans questioned why a ballot cast for Yancey wasn't counted, and the judge ruled in their favor.

"I just can't believe it, but it sounds like it's pretty solid", an excited Simonds, speaking from a bar with the sounds of celebration in the background, told reporters on a conference call.

He said the ballot in question contained a mark for Democrat Shelly Simonds as well as a mark for Republican Del.

"Today's decision by the court was wrong, and Delegate-elect Shelly Simonds should have been certified the victor". After the recount, he lost the race - by a single vote. During the recount, election officials were presented with an overvote.

In most states ― about 35 total, according to a Washington Post analysis ― election ties are broken by "drawing lots," or, in other words, in a game of chance.

Under state law, the State Board of Elections now has to break the tie in House District 94 through "determination by lot".

"We asked the recount Court to consider this ballot".

"We are one vote closer to expanding Medicaid and extending access to affordable health care to almost 400,000 people", House Democratic leaders wrote. A decade ago, CT repealed its coin-toss rule in favor of deciding tied races through the Legislature or by a runoff - in other words, a do-over.

"They're going to have to actually draw by lots", Mr. Kays said, with a shade of disbelief.

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