Democrat Shelly Simonds has conceded the tied 94th District race out of Newport News that was decided by a random drawing last week
After four recounts resulted from Virginia’s House contests in November, state election officials said one lesson was clear: Voters who want their vote to count must mark their ballot clearly.
Control of Virginia’s House of Delegates hinges on a random drawing of names from a bowl Thursday in a state office building in Richmond.
The ruling means the random drawing scheduled to decide the outcome of the recount is set to move forward as planned Thursday morning.
The race between Democrat Shelly Simonds and Republican Del. David Yancey has seesawed since the Nov. 7.
Republicans want Virginia’s State Board of Elections to draw names from a bowl to decide the winner of a tied race in Newport News before the General Assembly session starts Jan. 10.
Virginia delegates have begun hashing out how a potentially evenly split House of Delegates could be run and who might serve as speaker, even as the final balance of power following the Nov. 7 elections remains unclear.
The State Board of Elections is delaying Wednesday’s random drawing in the 94th District after Democrat Shelly Simonds’ request, WTOP has learned.
If Democrat Joshua Cole asks the Virginia House of Delegates to order a redo of the 28th District race that Republican Bob Thomas won by 73 votes, the full House would have to vote to confirm Thomas as the winner, to seat Cole, or to order a new election.
Virginia’s State Board of Elections will draw film canisters next week to decide the winner in the 94th District House race in Newport News, the board chair said Thursday.
A Republican recount official involved in the Newport News race that was decided by one vote had second thoughts about a ballot that wasn’t counted. Republicans hope to force a tie in the race in a bid to maintain their majority in the House of Delegates.
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