After ruling, Virginia legislature's majority to be chosen by lot

After ruling, Virginia legislature's majority to be chosen by lot

The loser of a drawing may petition for a recount, the law states. Republican incumbent David Yancey held a 10-vote lead after Election Day for Virginia's 94th House District.

The recount was one of four that followed the November election. Ms. Simonds took a victory lap early Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

"While it appeared yesterday that Shelly Simonds was elected, it's obvious now that the result will remain unclear for a while longer", House Republican leaders said in a statement Wednesday. After conceding this seat and their majority, they are now desperately trying to claw both back 'like a snarling dog that won't let go of a bone.

Ms. Simonds's representative argued before the judges that the disputed ballot should not be counted because it was an example of an "overvote", when multiple candidates for the same race are chosen. For the handful of states that don't use a game of chance to break ties, most will call for another election altogether, and some will allow government officials to make the selection, The Washington Post reports. "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 two candidates in the 94th District, which includes Newport News in southeastern Virginia, are now tied at 11,608 votes. After the recount, he lost the race - by a single vote.

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That means the race is a tie. A decade ago, CT repealed its coin-toss rule in favor of deciding tied races through the Legislature or by a runoff - in other words, a do-over.

After a panel of judges determined that the Republican and Democratic candidates running for a seat in Virginia's House of Delegates had received the same number of votes, the election could be decided at random.

"Last night after the recount was completed, our team became aware of a question surrounding an uncounted ballot". And all because of one vote - and one voter. "If the mood of the people shifts, then watch out", Mr. Hoskins said.

The victory by Shelly Simonds, a school board member in Newport News, was a civics lesson in every-vote-counts as she won 11,608 to 11,607 in a recount conducted by local election officials.

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

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