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Coin flip could decide dramatic Virginia House race

Coin flip could decide dramatic Virginia House race”

The tie decision - 11,608 votes - puts the 94th District race in the hands of the State Board of Elections.

Because Republicans now control 50 seats in the body to Democrats' 49 seats, the random decision could hand Republicans a majority, or leave power evenly split between the parties.

Virginia Republicans appear to have lost control of the House of Delegates in an election decided by a single vote in a nail-biting recount. "As we have said consistently throughout this process, we are committed to an open, fair and honest election in which every lawful vote is counted".

The Democratic wave that rose on Election Day in Virginia last month delivered a final crash on the sand Tuesday when a Democratic challenger defeated a Republican incumbent by a single vote, leaving the Virginia House of Delegates evenly split between the two parties.

The recount was one of four that followed the November election.

That all changed again Wednesday morning when the judges agreed to count a vote for Yancey from a ballot that recount officials decided not to count, neither for Simonds nor for incumbent Del. However, a Democratic official persuaded the Republican official to not count the ballot.

"We understand that public reports indicate the recount of the 94th House of Delegates election has ended in a tie vote".

Here's an image of the ballot in question.

"The court declares there is no victor in this election", said Newport News Circuit Court Judge Bryant L. Sugg, after the judges deliberated for more than two hours. The relevant statute states that in the event of a tie, authorities "shall proceed publicly to determine by lot which of the candidates shall be declared elected". At this time, the matter is still with the recount court. Republicans argued that the voter had meant to pick Yancey because he or she had voted for the Republican candidates in other races on the ballot. A decade ago, CT repealed its coin-toss rule in favor of deciding tied races through the Legislature or by a runoff - in other words, a do-over. Since the voter also made an extra mark on the vote for governor one could as reasonably assume that the vote for Simonds was the preference for House (but there is no way to know for sure, which is why I presume it was not counted originally). Drawing lots is a insane way to choose a representative.



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